Judge Still Waiting on Options to Treat Nikko Jenkins

By: The Associated Press, WOWT contributed to this report Email
By: The Associated Press, WOWT contributed to this report Email

A hearing Thursday afternoon did little to solve the problem of finding a psychiatric facility that will treat Nikko Jenkins. The spree killer was found too mentally unfit to undergo sentencing for killing four people a year ago.

The hearing came more than two weeks after Douglas County District Judge Peter Bataillon ordered Jenkins to the state psychiatric hospital in Lincoln for treatment. But in a letter sent to the judge last week, the Lincoln Regional Center said it doesn't have adequate security or a bed for Jenkins.

In court Thursday afternoon, Deputy Attorney General James Smith presented affidavits from the Lincoln Regional Center administrator and medical director explaining that it was a safety risk to have Jenkins treated there because the facility doesn't have armed guards. They argued that a prison would be a better place for treatment.

Judge Bataillon seemed frustrated that the attorney wasn't able to answer the specific questions he had regarding why LRC refused treatment and what measures are in place regarding security and psychiatric protocols for any alternatives.

The judge ordered everyone back to court next Tuesday to answer those questions. He also requested those at the Lincoln Regional Center come to the hearing in person.

Jenkins was convicted earlier this year of four counts of first-degree murder, but was declared incompetent to face the sentencing portion of his case. The judge has said he'll consider other locations, including those out of state.


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