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Nikko Jenkins found not competent for sentencing

Nikko Jenkins found not competent for sentencing

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By: Hannah Paczkowski
hpaczkowski@klkntv.com

After several evaluations, court appearances, and outbursts, Judge Peter Bataillon ruled Nikko Jenkins is not mentally fit to continue his sentencing.

"Given the evidence that came out at the previous hearing, and we felt it wasn't much different, we're a little surprised," Chief Deputy County Attorney Brenda Beadle said.

Jenkins was deemed competent to stand trial for the first degree murders of four people in Omaha, a killing spree that took place just weeks after his release from prison last summer. Jenkins maintains he should have never been let out.

"I was requesting psychiatric treatment, I knew what was happening inside of me and I knew that I wasn't prepared to be released," Jenkins said.

That issue is still up for debate, what's not is his guilt. Judge Bataillon convicted him this past April, but conflicting reports about his current mental health have put his death penalty hearing on hold.

"This is about competency, so what other doctors say about what he was doing, when he was eight or how he was last February, isn't relative to how his state of mind is and whether he the proceedings. That's competency," Beadle said.

The judge evaluated the opinions of seven psychiatrists. Five believe Jenkins is in fact mentally ill, while two, for the state, say he's faking it. Another hearing is set for July 29 to discuss a plan to restore his mental competency, that's necessary for his sentencing phase to move forward.

Jenkins' death penalty hearing was set for August 11, exactly one year after his first murder. That date will now be pushed back until he's found mentally fit.

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