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Nikko Jenkins competent to stand trial

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By: Jenn Hatcher

A judge has determined the man accused of killing four Omaha people last summer is competent to stand trial.    
"I think the judge did a nice job of evaluating and coming to the conclusion. He feels that the defendant meets the criteria for competency in the state of Nebraska," says Douglas County Attorney, Don Kleine.
The Nebraska Court System follows a three prong test when deciding competency.
1. Does the defendant have the capacity to understand their charges?
2. Does the defendant comprehend the nature and consequences of the proceedings?
3.  Can he make a rational defense?

A psychiatrist working for prosecutors testified last week that Jenkins is competent.
A defense psychiatrist said he was not.

Nikko Jenkins is charged with four counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Juan Uribe-Pena, Jorge Cajiga-Ruiz, Curtis Bradford and Andrea Kruger.
Prosecutors say the four were killed in three separate ambushes by the 27-year-old, over a 10-day period.
The shooting deaths came shortly after Jenkins' release from prison on July 30.
Jenkins pleaded not guilty.
In November, he declared he wanted to plead guilty to the charges, but changed his mind by late January, saying he is mentally ill and should be released from jail.    


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