Update: Anthony Wells Transferred to Another County Jail

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Anthony Wells, who was found not guilty in a firearms case linked to accused killer Nikko Jenkins on Wednesday, has been transferred to another Nebraska county jail on Thursday.

Wells will make a court appearance in Madison County, NE, Friday afternoon for a probation violation. He had been on probation there for Possession of a Controlled Substance. The Douglas County gun charge appeared to have triggered the violation.

Wells is Jenkins' cousin and he faced a charge of Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

Police say Wells gave Jenkins a 12-gauge shotgun just hours after Jenkins was released from prison.

Prosecutors say that shotgun was used to kill four people last summer.

Wells faced a bench trial in the case this week. Judge Peter Bataillon issued his not guilty decision Wednesday afternoon.

The judge said, "If (witness Sherry Floyd) did bring (the gun) in, she may have reason to make up a story that she saw Wells handle the gun."

The judge did not find fault with the evidence presented by the state but rather with the extent to which that evidence justified a conviction.

"The State of Nebraska did an excellent job presenting the case," he said. "The problem I have is I have to make a decision beyond a reasonable doubt. It could be he did it or Sherry Floyd. I don't know the answer. I find the defendant not guilty."

With that, Wells began to cry.

His family clapped and celebrated in court after the verdict was read. The judge told them, "Settle down. There's no clean hands in any of this. You shouldn't be around these people. You have three young children."

The last time 31-year-old Anthony Wells saw freedom was during the moments leading up to an interview with a homicide detective at Omaha Police Headquarters in late September.

The night Nikko Jenkins was released from the state penitentiary in late July, the two got together at the Travel Lodge at 72nd and Grover. Surveillance video obtained by WOWT 6 News shows them waiting for an elevator there.

In the interview with police, the detective asked Wells, “Tell me about your activities with Nikko since he's been out."

Wells said, “The only thing I ever do with him was we went out to eat the first night he got out and to a strip club at the Playhouse."

But it's what happened at the hotel that came into play. Detectives had a witness who claimed to be Nikko Jenkins’ sugar momma and she said Wells gave Jenkins a sawed-off shotgun.

The state said that Wells went to the parking lot, hid the shotgun down the side of his pants, walked gingerly back inside and handed it over to Nikko Jenkins. It’s the gun that investigators allege was used to kill four people in a 10-day span.

The detective told Wells, “I've got video and witnesses. You brought him a shotgun that night, okay?"

Wells said, “Wow, wow, wow. Your witness is lying."

Judge Bataillon said he watched the video over and over again and wasn't able to say the gun was there beyond a reasonable doubt. He added that witness credibility also came into question and for that reason, Anthony Wells couldn't be convicted.

Prosecutors say they don’t believe the Wells decision will harm the case against Nikko Jenkins.

Deputy County Attorney Brenda Beadle said, “Other than being the gun, it has nothing to do with the case. We aren't alleging that he had anything to do with the murders themselves. We're not concerned with going forward at all."

Wells’ family members believe they got justice but not before being swept-up in the Jenkins case.

Family member Robert Wagner said, “As far as Nikko's acts, I feel he acted alone and people that were around him were just afraid. I don't believe Tony was every around after that."

Wells has been behind bars for 167 days and remained there after his acquittal Wednesday. The US Marshal has a hold on him in a case out of Madison County.

“A judge issued a warrant for you, we don’t do that just because we ask them to, they got to have evidence, and we got a warrant for ya. That tells ya, don’t {expletive} yourself,” the detective said.

Chilling advice from the homicide detective, explaining the evidence they had against Wells was video of him inside the hotel, giving Nikko Jenkins the shotgun. “You are under arrest for your warrant,” the detective told Wells. “What’s the warrant for?” Wells asked. “What’s the warrant for? Possession of a firearm by a felon,” the detective replied. “What firearm?” Wells asked.

Wowt 6 News has learned when Wells was arrested for possessing the gun, the state re-opened an old felony drug conviction in Madison County, Nebraska. The reason, he violated the terms of his probation by possessing a firearm.


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