Douglas County Judge Peter Bataillon ruled that accused murderer Nikko Jenkins is competent to stand trial. At a competency hearing last week Judge Bataillon told Jenkins to wait to file motions about the violation of his rights until after the competency hearing. The ruling stated that Jenkins does comprehend Constitutional rights and that played a part in the decision he is competent to stand trial.
Jenkins is accused of killing four people in Omaha last August, days after he was released from prison. Jenkins first pleaded not guilty but told several media outlets he wanted to change the plea to guilty but was not allowed to do so. Last month Jenkins demanded to be released from jail claiming mental illness.
Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine stated with Jenkins competency now determined they can move forward but an actual trial will be months away.