The Good Cop - Bad Cop Ploy
With the guilty verdict in hand for Nikko Jenkins, Judge Peter Bataillon released the video recordings of the confession on Thursday.
It's not set in stone but it seems August 11th may be the date when a three-judge panel convenes to decide whether Jenkins gets the death penalty for the murders of four people last summer.
Jenkins has called our newsroom several times since his August arrest. We heard from him then, and now for the first time, we hear him talk to detectives.
The confession of Nikko Jenkins began at 7:24 p.m. on September 3, 2013 at Omaha Police headquarters.
“This is going to be a long night," he said.
From Douglas County Sheriff's investigators to Omaha Homicide Detectives, Nikko Jenkins spent more than nine hours in the box.
“I'm going to give you A to Z,” he told them. “This is no goose chase.”
But it was a goose chase in the beginning. He began by telling investigators that two brothers murdered Andrea Kruger at 168th and Fort.
"They were looking to idolize me and bring back a trophy. It was a trophy killing," he said.
He claimed they were first-time killers and made mistakes.
“They're going to do stupid things like keeping the windows up. When you burn a car, fire has to breathe. You see what I'm saying."
The scenario did happen. Andrea Kruger's car was dumped in North Omaha but investigators say it was Nikko Jenkins' uncle, Warren Levering, who did it.
Leading up to that, Jenkins told investigators, “The night that young woman was killed. It was the night of the concert, 2 Chainz, Lil Wayne, T.I. came. It was the perfect opportunity."
Detectives learned that the SUV was needed for a plan to rob people downtown. At first Jenkins said it was the work of someone else.
“I was not there at the crime."
But he eventually opened up about the Kruger case saying, “She was targeted. I will say that much."
Explaining how Fort Street, without traffic signals, provided cover for the getaway, Jenkins told investigators, “Basically, like I said, it was a carjacking. It was a strategic carjacking of murder. There was no money involved. It was a ritualistic killing and carjacking."
Over the course of more than nine hours of questioning, Jenkins walked through his role in the murders of four people in 10 days last August: Juan Uribe-Pena; Jorge Cajiga-Ruiz; Curtis Bradford; Andrea Kruger.
His bravado we're accustomed to seeing at the courthouse had worn down to a whisper. He was hard to hear on the microphones in the interrogation room as he confessed.
It was after 2 a.m. on September 4th, almost seven hours into the interview, that Jenkins finished admitting to the murders.