September 15, 2014

Compromise reached to treat Nikko Jenkins in Lincoln

A compromise has been reached that will allow Nikko Jenkins to receive mental health treatments while not being housed at the Lincoln Regional Center.

Jenkins has been convicted of killing four people in Omaha last summer after being released from prison. Jenkins was found competent to enter a plea of no contest to the murders, but later District Judge Peter Bataillon found his mental state had deteriorated to the point that he wasn’t competent to assist in sentencing proceedings. Jenkins faces the possibility of the death penalty.

Bataillon ordered the Lincoln Regional Center to treat Jenkins, but officials at the center refused, stating they don’t have the security needed to house a criminal as violent as Jenkins.

A hearing before Bataillon resulted in the compromise. Psychiatrists from the regional center will treat Jenkins, but Jenkins will be housed at either the Lincoln prison or the Diagnostic and Evaluation Center.

Bataillon has stuck to his order that psychiatrists at the regional center will be responsible for restoring Jenkins to the level of mental competency required to participate in a hearing before a three-judge panel to determine whether he will receive the death penalty or life in prison.

Jenkins entered pleas of no contest to murder charges in the August 2013 killings of Juan Uribe-Pena, Jorge Cajiga-Ruiz, Curtis Bradford and Andrea Kruger.

Corrections officials are scheduled to transport Jenkins from the Douglas County Jail to Lincoln by Monday.