Charges on File
Jenkins Family and Associates
Nikko Jenkins entered pleas of not guilty Wednesday morning to four counts of first-degree murder, in addition to eight additional charges.
The 27-year-old is charged with the killings of Juan Uribe-Pena and Jorge Cajiga-Ruiz on August 11th, Curtis Bradford on August 19th and Andrea Kruger on August 21st. Jenkins had been released from prison on July 30th after serving more than a decade for robbery, assault and weapons convictions. He is represented by a public defender.
Officially, Jenkins' attorney said his client "stands mute" on the charges, so Judge Peter Bataillon entered the plea of not guilty on all 12 counts, four counts of first-degree murder, four counts of use of a weapon to commit a felony and four counts of possession of a deadly weapon by a prohibited person.
At Jenkins' preliminary hearing last week, two investigators testified that in September interviews Jenkins confessed to the slayings. They reported that he said voices and commands from an Egyptian god made him to kill the four. Police have said robbery likely was the motive.
Douglas County Sheriff deputies shuttled Jenkins from a secure elevator into judge Batallion's fourth-floor courtroom. Inside there were times Jenkins started to tell the judge something as in previous appearances at jail but his public defender interrupted and took control.
Jenkins faced 12 counts and now has 12 not guilty statements entered into the public record.
Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine said, "I didn't see any difference in his demeanor."
Investigators have spent weeks on this case trying to unravel the layers of who was involved in the murders. With Nikko at the center, the spokes have touched his mother, three sisters, an uncle, a cousin and a friend.
The charges against the principals in the case have been evolving but Kleine said, "We're done in regards to the actual number of people involved in the murders themselves."
In the shooting deaths of Juan Pena and Jorge Ruiz in a pickup in south omaha on August 11, investigators say Jenkins' sister Erica and friend Christine Bordeaux lured the victims to a park from a nightclub as part of a robbery before Nikko allegedly pulled the trigger.
In the murder of Andrea Kruger 10 days later, detectives believe four people were in the Jenkins' car looking to carjack someone in northwest Omaha. They spotted the victim in the a McDonald's drive-through. Investigators believe Nikko Jenkins and his uncle, Warren Levering, got out of the car after a sudden stop in front of Kruger and that Erica Jenkins and Christine Bordeaux stayed in their car while Levering and Nikko allegedly tried to get rid of the evidence.
Meanwhile, Nikko's mother Lori Jenkins, had her bond set at 10 percent of $1 million. She is charged as an accessory in three of the murders, including allegedly providing the gas can that was used to burn Kruger's SUV in an attempt to destroy evidence.
A preliminary hearing for Lori was scheduled for November 8th.