Accused murderer Nikko Jenkins was in a courtroom twice on Tuesday. In the morning Jenkins told Judge Peter Battalion he wanted to change his plea to no contest. Jenkins is defending himself but has a team of public defenders advising him and Judge Battalion told him to meet with them to get their opinion and recessed the hearing until afternoon.
When Jenkins returned to the courtroom he still wanted to plea no contest. Judge Battalion wouldn’t accept that plea because of the severity of the case and prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. However, Judge Battalion told him he would accept a guilty plea and Jenkins refused. Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine says despite the circus atmosphere they continue to prepare the prosecution.
When Jenkins was arrested he pleaded not guilty. A short time later he requested to change that plea to guilty. His next move was to demand to be released because his constitutional rights had been violated. He is on trial for four murders last August less than a month after being released from prison.