Charges on File
Jenkins Family and Associates
A judge ruled Friday there is enough evidence for Erica Jenkins to stand trial for her role in four Omaha murders.
Prosecutors laid out the case against 23-year-old, who faces charges ranging from first-degree murder to conspiracy for her role in the August killings of Jorge Cajiga-Ruiz, Juan Uribe-Pena, Curtis Bradford and Andrea Kruger.
Investigators said Erica and her cousin Christine Bordeaux lured Cajiga-Ruiz and Uribe-Pena to Spring Lake Park with the intent of Erica's brother Nikko robbing them. They had met the men at a club that night and went to their apartment. Prosecutors said relatives indicated that Erica liked to rob Hispanic men because they dress nice, have large belt buckles and carry a lot of cash. Investigators said Erica and Bordeaux were in the pickup when Nikko pulled up and shot the men without saying anything.
Prosecutors said evidence supports that in the murder of Bradford, who Nikko had met in prison, that it was Erica who fired the first shot. As Bradford lay dying, Nikko fired the shot to the head that killed him. After Nikko shot Bradford, prosecutors say Erica complained. "He stole my first kill."
There could have been another victim, Jenkins’ sister Lori Sayles. She didn't want to be a part of the Bradford killing and investigators say Nikko thought about shooting her too because of her objections.
In the Kruger murder, testimony revealed that the group wanted to steal a car because according to Nikko, "People who live far out west leave keys in their cars." Prosecutors believe that Erica, who was driving that night, Bordeaux, Nikko, and Warren Levering made five loops around the McDonald's on 168th Street, looking for the perfect vehicle to steal.
According to testimony, Erica spotted the gold Traverse and convinced Nikko, who had his sights set on a Suburban, that it was the vehicle to steal. Prosecutors said that Nikko watched traffic patterns to know when Kruger would leave the McDonald's so that they could make sure they were in front of Kruger. They believed she would go north.
Bradford's mother, Veleta Glasgow, the hearing was tough. "It wasn't any easier than listening to the details of Nikko's."
Glasgow said she did finally get some answers.
"Did my son struggle? Did he fight back? What were last words? What were his last thoughts? I guess I got some of those answers of Friday," said Glasgow.
But hearing the evidence wasn't easy, she just hopes it's enough to bring justice.
"With some of the evidence, with some of the evidence that got brought up I don't know how it would be disputable," said Glasgow.
She knows how tough this hearing was for her, that is why she sends her thoughts out to the families of Kruger, Uribe-Pena and Cajiga- Ruiz.
"At the end of the day, I hope all the families involved can make it through it. Because if the details are this damaging now, I don't know what the trial will bring," Glasgow.
And while she understands court proceedings take time, she hopes everything will be over with in a year.
Nikko faces four counts of first-degree murder. His mother, sisters and uncle (Levering) also face charges. Prosecutors believe robbery for money and vehicles was the motive in all of the murders.