A Douglas County judge dismissed an inmate assault charge against Erica Jenkins Tuesday morning. Judge Darryl Lowe said the state didn't provide enough evidence to move the case forward. Jenkins, 23, will remain in jail since she's still facing several more serious charges including murder.
When Erica Jenkins was booked into the Douglas County Corrections for robbery earlier this month, Sheriff investigators say she got into a fight with a male inmate.
She was later charged with murder in connection with one of the murders her older brother, Nikko Jenkins, is facing. Both are accused of shooting Curtis Bradford in August. Nikko is facing murder charges in three other shooting deaths. He's been described as a "serial killer" by investigators.
Their younger sister, Lori Sayles, is accused of getting rid of a gun in the Bradford shooting.
Erica Jenkins said little in court this morning compared to last Friday when she told a different judge to "F*@# you very much!", after she was denied bond in the murder charge. She asked the judge how she could be charged with murder when she is 3 months pregnant.
Jenkins knocked over the podium inside the jail during a previous arraignment and is also facing charges of assaulting two corrections officers.
At her preliminary hearing Tuesday morning on the inmate assault charge, her attorney Beau Finley questioned the state why no one interviewed those who were in the booking area at the time. All the evidence and testimony was based on what people saw on the security camera.
When Judge Lowe dismissed the case against Erica Jenkins, he said, "This individual has far bigger fish to fry."
Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine tells WOWT 6 News he isn't sure if he'll refile charges in the case.