Psychiatrist Who Examined Nikko Jenkins Sues Corrections

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

A psychiatrist who examined an accused serial killer is pursuing legal action against Douglas County Corrections. He says he was fired for his testimony during Nikko Jenkins' competency hearing.

Dr. Eugene Oliveto wants $1 million dollars, as well as a preliminary injunction protecting him from any future retaliation.

In a complaint filed Monday morning, Oliveto says his constitutional rights were violated.

The case goes back to a hearing February 12th.

Oliveto was served a subpoena by the defense, directing him to testify on Jenkins' mental state. He is not trained to determine competency.

Oliveto made it clear, he believed Jenkins was a danger to society.

Outside the courtroom he told WOWT 6 News, "He's insane. He's a psychopath."

When Jenkins was behind bars, Oliveto says he requested Jenkins be involuntarily committed as a "dangerous and mentally ill" person.

"There's no political agenda here. They ask me to see someone. I give them my honest opinion based on 40 years of practice," he told WOWT. "The administration doesn't want me to talk to anybody. I've got to be real careful here. It's a political case."

As he waited for an elevator at the courthouse that February afternoon, he briefly reiterated what he had said in open court about Nikko Jenkins. "You can be insane and be a psychopath. People are splitting hairs here. I can be insane or be a psychopath. I can be a psychopath and be insane. He's both."

In the complaint, Oliveto says his testimony wasn't received well by the Corrections staff.

He says he was "verbally abused" by Mark Foxall - Director of Douglas County Corrections - and accused of unethical and unprofessional testimony.

Oliveto says he was given three choices: resign, be fired, or be placed on leave with a potential severance package.

He says the actions caused him, "mental and physical distress, embarrassment, injury to reputation and the loss of income."

Oliveto's attorney Tom White says his client was let go for telling the truth. "If you don't shape your testimony the way we like it - you lose your ability to make a living. It's an incredible assault. The truth of testimony in court before judges and juries is the difference between every tin-pot dictator and Third World country in the world."

WOWT has reached out to Corrections for response, but has not heard back. In the past, the department has declined to comment on pending litigation.

Last week, Judge Peter Bataillon ruled that Nikko Jenkins is competent to stand trial for murder.

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