Nikko Jenkins could face death penalty

By: KLKN Newsroom

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) A judge has ruled that a man convicted of killing four people in Omaha just weeks after he left prison is competent to participate in a hearing to determine whether he will face the death penalty.

Judge Peter Bataillon (buh-TAL’-yuhn) ruled Monday that 28-year-old Nikko Jenkins would not be allowed to represent himself, however. The sentencing hearing is set for May 4.

Jenkins was convicted last year after he pleaded no contest to the murder charges, but his sentencing has been on hold because of questions about his mental competency. State doctors have been evaluating Jenkins since last summer.

Jenkins maintained at a Feb. 16 hearing that he understands the process and pointed to numerous handwritten lawsuits and motions he has filed in the past six months as proof.