It looks like it will be a judge who decides if Nikko Jenkins is competent to stand trial for the murders of four people in Omaha last summer. The state's doctor has a different opinion than the defense and says Jenkins is competent for trial.
The court routinely hears from experts who reach different conclusions. While this is as high-profile as cases get, it's not new territory for a judge.
Jenkins wants to plead guilty but before a judge hears that, the matter of his competency was a question for psychiatrists.
The doctor for the defense has ruled that Jenkins is incompetent but could be competent with the right medications.
The doctor for the state believes Jenkins knows what he's doing and is competent to stand trial right now. A similar diagnosis was offered by Jenkins himself when he called WOWT Six News last month and said, “My severe psychosis and schizophrenia, I am high-functioning sir. I am not incompetent. I understand the legal process. This is not a ploy. This is not to build some information for a trial. I want to plead guilty to my cases."
With opposing views from the experts, District Court Judge Peter Batallion will likely be the one who decides which one he will side with in his ruling.
Jenkins is accused of killing four people in 10 days - from a sneak attack on Andrea Kruger to the robbery of two men in South Omaha and the shooting death of a man he met in prison.
Before his release from prison in July, doctors said Nikko Jenkins was a sociopath and that there's no cure or medicine for that. Jenkins family members have said repeatedly that the state failed him and should have kept him locked up.
The 27-year-old Jenkins has formally entered not guilty pleas in the murders of Juan Uribe-Pena and Jorge Cajiga-Ruiz on August 11th, Curtis Bradford on August 19th and Andrea Kruger on August 21st.
He has since made numerous calls to WOWT 6 News and in court testified that he wants to plead guilty.
It's not clear when the judge will take up the matter but both sides will take some time to review the doctor's report. A lot rides on this since Jenkins wants to plead guilty to a case that could ultimately land him on death row.