Convicted serial killer Nikko Jenkins might not be going to the Lincoln Regional Center after all.
The Attorney General’s office has confirmed that officials at the regional center have refused to accept Jenkins, who has been convicted of killing four people in Omaha after being released early from prison.
Though Douglas County District Judge Peter Bataillon ruled Jenkins competent to plead guilty to the murder charges, he later ruled Jenkins’ mental capacity had deteriorated to the point that he isn’t competent to help in his own defense during the penalty phase. Jenkins faces the death penalty for the killings.
State psychiatrists disagree with Bataillon’s assessment of Jenkins. They say he is competent for the death penalty phase of this trial.
Bataillon has ordered a hearing Thursday to determine Jenkins’ placement.
Jenkins, who is 27, killed Juan Uribe-Pena, Jorge Cajiga-Ruiz, Curtis Bradford and Andrea Kruger in August of 2013.