A Nebraska man has been convicted on murder charges after fatally shooting four people over a 10-day murder spree in Omaha last summer.
According to reports, 27-year-old parolee Nikko Jenkins had intended to plead guilty but changed his mind at the last minute, pleading no contest to four murder charges and eight weapons charges. Jenkins represented himself in court and turned down his right for a jury trial.
It didn’t help as Judge Peter Bataillon found the defendant guilty on all counts.
According to authorities, Jenkins was released from prison on July 30 with no supervision and almost immediately began a 10-day murder spree. He has been found guilty in the murders of Andrea Kruger, Curtis Bradford, Jorge Cajiga-Ruiz, and Juan Uribe-Pena. Jenkins reportedly used a sawed-off 12-gauge shotgun loaded with deer slugs to kill two of the victims and a small-caliber handgun to kill the other two.
When police arrested Jenkins, he said he did not remember killing anyone, “only that an Egyptian god named Ahpophis ordered him in a foreign language to kill the four as human sacrifices.”
A prison psychiatrist describes Jenkins as a “psychopath” and “one of the most dangerous people I have ever evaluated.”
Now that Jenkins has been found guilty, prosecutors intend to seek the death penalty in front of a three-judge panel.
Jenkins’ previous release from prison has also drawn a lot of attention. State Senator Brad Ashford has introduced two bills that would provide a higher level of supervision for paroled convicts and also create programs to “help them transition back into society.”