Update: Lincoln Regional Center Will Not Treat Jenkins

Administrators at the Lincoln Regional Center have refused to treat Nikko Jenkins, as ordered by the court.

Judge Peter Bataillon ordered Nikko Jenkins to the Lincoln Regional Center in July for treatment after coming to the decision that he is currently not competent to be sentenced for the four murders he plead no contest to.

Jenkins has been found guilty of murdering four people in 10 days last August.

Two days after the order, the judge got word of the refusal to treat Jenkins from the attorney general’s office on behalf of the Lincoln Regional Center.

A hearing will be held on Thursday to determine what to do next.

During the last court hearing in which he was ordered to the regional center, his defense argued that sending him there for treatment was a bit of a contradiction because the doctors that would be treating him were the same doctors who testified that he was competent. “The staff at the Regional Center said that he's malingering, he's faking mental illness. Well, if you've already come to that conclusion, it's somewhat disconcerting that 'We're going to treat him for a mental illness that we don't think exists.' So that becomes a bit of a conundrum I would say,” said Public Defender, Tom Riley.

The Lincoln Regional Center staff have said in the past that Jenkins is too dangerous for the facility.

Five psychiatrists believe Jenkins has major mental illness and two doctors believe he's been faking it since was 8-years-old.

Jenkins was convicted of killing Juan Uribe-Pena, Jorge Cajiga-Ruiz, Curtis Bradford, and Andrea Kruger. They were all murdered in a 10-day killing spree shortly after Jenkins had been released from prison.

Jenkins' mental state has been called into question since the start. It has been the subject of review at various stages of the case against him.

Jenkins eventually entered No Contest pleas to the charges against him. The case was set to go to a three-judge panel to decide punishment and the punishment included the possibility of the death penalty. Now it is on hold until Jenkins is deemed competent.


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