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Judge: Nikko Jenkins competent to face death penalty hearing | KRVN Radio

Judge: Nikko Jenkins competent to face death penalty hearing

Judge: Nikko Jenkins competent to face death penalty hearing
FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2014 file photo, Nikko Jenkins is led by deputies at the Douglas County Courthouse in Omaha, Neb., On Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, a judge delayed a ruling on whether Jenkins, convicted of killing four people in Omaha just weeks after he left prison, is competent to participate in his sentencing hearing, which could include the death penalty. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, file)

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A judge has ruled that an Omaha man convicted of killing four people in the summer of 2013 is mentally fit enough to face a death penalty hearing.

The Omaha World-Herald reports that Douglas County District Judge Peter Bataillon on Tuesday declared Nikko Jenkins competent. His death penalty hearing has been set for Nov. 14, when Jenkins will go before a three-judge panel that
will decide whether his crimes merit the death penalty.

The hearing has been delayed several times as mental health evaluations sought to determine whether Jenkins, who has mutilated himself multiple times in prison, is mentally competent.

Jenkins was convicted in 2014 of four counts of first-degree murder for the August 2013 shooting deaths of Juan Uribe-Pena, Jorge Cajiga-Ruiz, Curtis Bradford and Andrea Kruger.

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