Accused Killer Waffling on Pleas


Since being locked up in Douglas County accused of four murders last summer, Nikko Jenkins has called the WOWT 6 Newsroom a half dozen times. A review of hours of phone calls reveals that Jenkins’ own words are a study in contradiction.

"I need to contact the Omaha Police Department right now. It's an emergency," Jenkins said during one call.

Asked what the emergency ways, he said, “I have direct information to testify."

In the course of our conversations with Jenkins, we asked him about the possibility of facing the death penalty and he said, “I do not care. All I want to do is plead guilty to these charges."

It appears Jenkins is trying to work several angles. He said he wanted to spare the victims’ families any more pain by pleading guilty. In court documents handwritten and submitted to the judge last week, he stated that he now wants the charges dismissed.

At the same time, he says, “don't blame me - blame the prison system because I warned everyone I shouldn't be released.”

And on a third track, he's posturing himself as a prison insider who is willing to provide critical information at trial against other suspects.

We asked if had had admissions of guilt from those suspects and he said, “They are pleading not guilty. They are trying to go to trial and win. But what I am saying is that I have information that I will testify to at their trial."

We’re not going to specify which cases Jenkins is talking about because it's unclear if what he saying is true and it's improbable that the state would expect a jury to ever believe what he has to say.

Some experts tell WOWT 6 News that what's happening here could be another case study: that Nikko Jenkins is trying to position himself and leverage information that could ultimately benefit him. Some of those same experts say these are the actions of a man who is legally sane and clearly competent to stand trial.

Jenkins told us, “Course, they are going to ask me Nikko, what do you want in return? All I want is, all I want is to be safe; to be moved from this jail."

Next week a judge will weigh split opinions from a pair of doctors on whether or not Nikko Jenkins is competent to stand trial for the murders.


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