Good Cop - Bad Cop Play Leads to Confessions

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The Interrogation Tapes

WOWT 6 News continues to pore over nine hours of video in which Nikko Jenkins finally confessed to killing four people last summer. That confession unfurled in a windowless 10x12 room.

Jenkins initially denied the allegations telling authorities, “You all have me pegged out to be the wrong person."

On the evening of September 3rd, he called detectives from jail saying he wanted to talk. He hadn't yet been charged with any of the murders. He was in custody on unrelated charges and blamed cousins for the killings.

Jenkins then spoke with investigators saying, “Do you not understand the depth of this? I'm betraying my family. I'm not going to be able to talk to my family. My dad's side of the family will disown me from this. You know that, right?"

Authorities tell WOWT 6 News that this was a classic case of Good Cop -- Bad Cop.

Douglas County Sheriff Sergeant John Pankonin had the role of the good cop as Jenkins told him about his step-daughter and girlfriend.

“I just want to make her proud,” Jenkins said. “I know I can't, man. When I was in jail…"

“She loves you, “Sgt. Pankonin said. “She says my God, he is so good with the kids and everything and it's -- she said nothing but wonderful stuff about you."

Two hours into the interrogation the bad cop arrived as Omaha Police Detective Dave Schneider took over.

Detective Schneider told Jenkins, "I know the car you were in. I have the blood transfer to the car. I've got all that… So if you want to be a man, why don't you sit here and tell the truth about what happened? Why did you do it? Why did you do this stuff?"

Jenkins continued to deny any role in the South Omaha double homicide. Juan Uribe-Pena and Jorge Cajiga-Ruiz were shot to death.

Schneider told Jenkins, “You're talking about details that only the person who did this would know."

Over the course of the next five hours, with Jenkins purposefully sitting with his back to the camera, he began to whisper and admit to each murder.

Detectives let his narcissism flow. They knew his arrogant pride would eventually give them what they needed: a confession and later a conviction.

A number of Jenkins' family members still await their day in court. Sister Erica and Uncle Warren Levering have court dates later this month.


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