Jenkins Wants To Be His Own Attorney

By: LeAnne Morman, Brian Mastre Email
By: LeAnne Morman, Brian Mastre Email

Murder suspect Nikko Jenkins has filed paperwork to dismiss his current counsel and represent himself in the quadruple murder case filed against him.

In the handwritten document filed by Jenkins, he outlines that he believes his 6th and 14th Amendment rights were broken by his lawyers during his competency hearing on February 12th.

He stated he would like to dismiss Thomas Riley and Scott Sladek for "ineffectively representing" him, saying his human and constitutional rights had been violated.

"I, Nikko Allen Jenkins, seek to proceed prose in self-representation with only assistance of current counsel," he wrote in the court document. "I shall conduct opening arguments through every step of litigation into closing arguments with complete access to all cross examinations of all witnesses set to testify under oath, rather for the defense or the state."

In early February, Judge Peter Bataillon ruled that Jenkins was competent to stand trial after looking over reports from examinations of two different mental health professionals.

Jenkins is accused of killing Jorge Cajiga-Ruiz and Juan Uribe-Pena in Spring Lake Park, Curtis Bradford near 18th and Clark streets and Andrea Kruger near 168th and Fort last August shortly after being released from prison.

A hearing will be held to discuss the latest motion. It's not clear when that will take place.

WOWT 6 News has reached out to Jenkins' current counsel for comment on his motion to dismiss them and will continue to update this story.

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