Charges on File
Jenkins Family and Associates
A competency hearing for accused serial killer Nikko Jenkins is scheduled for February 12th when Judge Peter Batallion will determine whether Jenkins is competent to stand trial.
Testimony is expected from both the state's doctor, who said Jenkins is competent, and the defense, who say he is incompetent.
When Jenkins contacted WOWT 6 News, the alleged killer of four people in a 10-day spree last August said he wanted to plead guilty to the crimes, placing the blame on mental illness. He said he wants to avoid a trial for the sake of the victims’ families.
Both Nikko and his mother, Lori Jenkins, are in the Douglas County Jail awaiting trials. At separate times, both have contacted WOWT 6 News.
Nikko says he worships Egyptian gods and has tattoos on his face that translate into the words "kill" and "destroy." He told us that he's mentally ill and wants to plead guilty to the four murders.
“All I want is for everyone to see the truth. That's all I want. I want to plead guilty to all 10 counts. Please call down to the public defender's office and district attorney's office and tell them to schedule my hearing. They can but they don't want to. They want to drag this out."
His attorney, Public Defender Tom Riley, says the big question is whether Nikko is competent to stand trial. Riley says he cannot ignore his client's wishes, however Jenkins wouldn't be allowed to make the plea until he's ruled competent. “I don't think any judge would accept a guilty plea with this type of mental health history," Riley said.
We asked Nikko' mother about her son when she called us from inside the jail. She said she thinks her son should be allowed to plead guilty.
"Yes I do. That's his constitutional right. If he's guilty and he said that's what he said he did he should be able to plead guilty." As for Lori’s role, she said there wasn’t one. “The only connection is I'm his mother."
Lori admits that she was the woman seen in a security camera picture buying ammunition at Canfield's, but says it was for her protection. She claims that cousin, Christine Bordeaux, who was allegedly present at three of the murders, stole the ammo from her car and gave it Nikko.
As for the charge of giving her brother, Warren Levering, the gas can to allegedly burn victim Andrea Kruger's SUV, Lori told us, “He and Crissy (Bordeaux) came to my house late night and asked for a gas can. I gave it to them. They said they ran out of gas. Woke me out of my sleep."
She says her son needs mental health help, but the system keeps turning its back on him. “He told me he was going to kill me when he got out. He needs help. He needs help."
The families of the victims have been clear about two things during the course of the investigation. They want to ultimately get justice and they want to keep the corrections system from breaking down again.