OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Officials for Douglas County have reached a lawsuit settlement with a psychiatrist who testified that he thought a man accused of killing four Omaha residents was “crazy.”
The county Board of Commissioners is expected to decide Tuesday whether to approve paying $125,000 to Dr. Eugene Oliveto. Oliveto contended in a $1 million federal lawsuit filed in March that the county Corrections Department ousted him in retaliation for his courtroom candor. He said that after he testified, department director Mark Foxall accused him of being unethical and unprofessional.
Foxall has declined to comment about Oliveto’s accusations.
Oliveto testified in February at a hearing to determine whether Nikko Jenkins was competent to stand trial for the August 2013 slayings of four people in Omaha, just weeks after he left prison. Oliveto said he had diagnosed Jenkins with schizophrenia and a post-traumatic stress disorder in 2010 and 2011.
He said that when he re-evaluated Jenkins for the hearing, he determined Jenkins was still schizophrenic, “crazy” and “one of the most dangerous people I have ever evaluated.”
Another psychiatrist agreed with Oliveto’s diagnosis, but three state psychiatrists said they thought Jenkins was faking mental illness.
Jenkins later pleaded guilty to all four slayings. He has since been found mentally unfit for sentencing and is being treated by state psychiatrists at a Lincoln prison.
Information from: Omaha World-Herald, https://www.omaha.com
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