The bench trial began Monday for the man accused of providing the shotgun that Nikko Jenkins used to, allegedly, murder four people. Two of the witnesses called to testify revealed how police were able to connect the dots that led to Nikko's arrest.
Anthony Wells, Nikko Jenkins' cousin, is charged with possession of a deadly weapon by a prohibited person, which is a felony.
In court Monday, Nikko's former girlfriend, Sherry Floyd took the stand. She testified that she was at the Travelodge with Nikko, his mother, and sister when "Tone" aka Anthony Wells gave Nikko the gun. The gun was presented as evidence and Floyd confirmed it was the gun she saw Wells give Nikko.
Floyd said she waited at the Burger King for some time, until Nikko and Lori Jenkins, called and asked her to pick them up. She testified that she got them from the Travelodge and took them to Motel 6 on July 31st. She testified that she got angry when Nikko's "other women" kept showing up, so she left the hotel on August 1, 2013.
Floyd testified that she is no longer dating Nikko and that she became terrified of his family. She alleged that Nikko had her followed and that's when she decided to go to Omaha police on August 28, 2013.
Omaha Police Detective Michael Dose testified Monday that Nikko was already a "suspect" in three recent murders when Floyd came forward, but her story tied together Nikko with the weapon used in the murders. Detective Dose said he went to Travelodge and security video there corroborated Floyd's story.
Nikko was arrested on August 29th for making terroristic threats to Floyd. His mother and sister allegedly started calling and threatening Floyd, so she went back to police. Detectives got an affidavit to question Melanie and Lori Jenkins for witness tampering. During that questioning, Melanie gave them information about "Tone" and identified him as Anthony Wells.
Wells was arrested and questioned on August 31st.
Wells' attorney cross-examined Floyd, asking whether it was true she was the one who brought the gun. She admitted telling Nikko she would get him a gun while he was in prison, but Floyd said that that was just talk and that she didn't plan to follow through.
Wells shouted out several times during Floyd's testimony, saying "you're lying" and "liar." The judge ordered Wells to calm down.
The defense also brought Stephanie Easterling to the stand. She was frequently identified by her nickname "Boo" throughout Floyd's testimony, and was also in the room at the Travelodge. She said that she did not see Anthony Wells produce a gun or a gun at all in the room.
It is a bench trial, so Judge Peter Bataillon will ultimately decide if there is enough evidence to prove that Wells produced the gun. He is expected to have a decision made by Wednesday.