OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A sentencing hearing is again expected to be delayed for a man facing a possible death sentence for killing four people in Omaha just weeks after he left prison.
Douglas County District Judge Peter Bataillon on Friday ordered Nikko Jenkins to undergo a competency evaluation to determine whether he is mentally fit enough to defend himself at sentencing, which had been set for Jan. 4, the Omaha World-Herald reported (https://bit.ly/1SU71MJ ).
Jenkins was convicted last year of first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of four people in Omaha over a 10-day period in August 2013 just days after being released from prison.
A three-judge panel had been scheduled to convene Jan. 4 to determine whether Jenkins, 29, deserves the death penalty for the killings of Jorge Cajiga-Ruiz, Juan Uribe-Pena, Curtis Bradford and Andrea Kruger.
If delayed, it will be the fourth time judges have had to set Jenkins’ death-penalty hearing. Jenkins death-penalty hearing was initially set for Aug. 11, 2014. Competency evaluations for Jenkins have stalled his case several times.
Jenkins has insisted he doesn’t remember the killings and that an Egyptian god ordered him to kill the four as human sacrifices.
A defense psychiatrist has testified at hearings that Jenkins suffers from schizophrenia and perhaps a bipolar disorder, while state psychiatrists have testified that Jenkins is faking mental illness.
“Frustrating is a word that doesn’t adequately describe the situation we’re in here,” said Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine. “It’s extremely frustrating. … It’s been an ongoing struggle to bring this matter to an end. Everyone wants to have some closure here.”
Information from: Omaha World-Herald, https://www.omaha.com
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