Gov. Dave Heineman has written Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine, supporting his consideration of seeking the death penalty against Nikko Jenkins.
Jenkins is the 26-year-old accused of killing four people in the Omaha area after being released from prison in late July after serving a little more than 10 years in prison.
In a letter to Kleine, the governor wrote:
As you know, Nebraska has authorized the death penalty for situations such as the senseless murders of Jorge Cajiga-Ruiz, Juan Uribe-Pena, Curtis Bradford, and Andrea Kruger. The movement to abolish the death penalty in our state would have us believe that capital punishment is unjust. However, in my travels around the state, I know that the vast majority of Nebraskans believe that the only just sentence for a criminal who has terrorized the community with repeated murders is death.
In a news conference in Omaha, Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer says ballistics linked two murders in South Omaha to a shooting death in north Omaha. Tips from the public raised suspicions and then, Jenkins made incriminating statements about the murders.
The investigation continues. More arrests could be forthcoming.