- Associated Press - Saturday, February 22, 2014

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The man charged with first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of four people in three separate attacks last summer is suing the state prison system and others for nearly $25 million.

Nikko Jenkins, 27, says in his lawsuit filed earlier this week that prison officials ignored his pleas for mental illness treatment and that years of solitary confinement in prison led him to mutilate his face and suffer “four large facial wounds” for which he is seeking $24.5 million.

The lawsuit, written in hand by Jenkins and filed Wednesday, names the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services, prison officials and various psychologists and psychiatrists, among others, as defendants.

A spokeswoman for the prison system did not immediately return a message left Saturday seeking comment.

Jenkins is charged in the deaths of Juan Uribe-Pena, Jorge Cajiga-Ruiz, Curtis Bradford and Andrea Kruger, whom prosecutors say were killed by Jenkins and others over a 10-day period. The shooting deaths came within three weeks of Jenkins’ release from prison on July 30.

Police say Jenkins used a sawed-off 12-gauge shotgun loaded with deer slugs on Aug. 11 to kill Cajiga-Ruiz and Uribe-Pena, whose bodies were found inside a pickup truck in southeast Omaha. Police say he used a small-caliber gun to kill Bradford, who was a onetime prison acquaintance, on Aug. 19.

Then on Aug. 21, authorities say, Jenkins pulled Andrea Kruger from her SUV as she drove home from work after midnight and shot her four times before speeding off in her vehicle.

Jenkins has pleaded not guilty and on Thursday was found competent to stand trial.

His lawsuit seems to blame the prison system for the deaths of those he stands charged of killing.

“These state officials failed to protect public safety by not seeking the civil commitment of a dangerous person of mental illness,” Jenkins wrote in the lawsuit. “Released after July 30th, 2013, Nikko Allen Jenkins confessed to four 4 killings murdering 4 Omaha … citizens in human sacrifice to Ahpophis Egyptian war god.”

Homicide investigators and a psychiatrist have testified at various hearings that Jenkins claimed to have killed the four to appease an Egyptian god.

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