OMAHA (KPTM) - Nikko Jenkins will go to trial in connection with four August murders. New details were released in a preliminary hearing Tuesday morning.
Prosecutors said guns, ammunition and DNA evidence connected Jenkins and some of his relatives to the murders.
The first two murders happened on August 11th. Juan Uribe Pena and Jorge Cajiga-Ruiz were found dead at Spring Lake Park in South Omaha. Prosecutors said both were shot in the head. They said Christine Bordeaux and Erica Jenkins met the two at a South Omaha bar with the intent to solicit prostitution. In an interview, detectives said Nikko Jenkins was looking for money and Bordeaux suggested they rob people in south Omaha. Detectives said Bordeaux's palm print was found on the pick up truck that was found at the park. Police said the two victims were robbed and that their wallets were taken.
On August 19th, Curtis Bradford was found shot and killed near 18th and Clark. Police said Bradford's blood was found on a shotgun they found in Jenkins possession at the time of his arrest on August 28th. Police said the two were attending a party in the hours leading up to the shooting. Prosecutors said Bradford was shot in the head twice. Jenkins sister is also being charged with murder in the case. Detectives said that they found the same ammunition found in both of the murders and that it was a very uncommon brand.
Andrea Kruger was shot and killed near 168th and Fort on August 21st. Tuesday, detectives said they believe Christine Bordeaux, Erica Jenkins and Warren Levering helped Jenkins carjack someone. They said the four were driving around in a car registered to Nikko Jenkins girlfriend. Prosecutors said they went out after a Lil' Wayne concert hoping to steal a car and commit robberies. Detectives said they drove around until they found a car Jenkins liked. They said Jenkins got out of the car at a four-way intersection and pulled Kruger out of her car. They said she pleaded for her life before she was shot four times. Bordeaux told officers that there were a lot of arguments at the scene and that Erica Jenkins yelled at her brother shortly after the murder. Detectives said Erica Jenkins criticized Nikko Jenkins for leaving the body at the scene. Detectives said that they used Wal-Mart surveillance video to trace the cars shortly before the murder. They said they have video of Warren Levering in the store. Police said that shell casings were tied to Jenkins gun. On September 25th Douglas County deputies said they got an anonymous tip indicated that Jenkins was involved in Kruger's death.
Prosecutors said Jenkins was first questioned on August 29th. They said he didn't admit to anything at that time. They said he requested to talk to detectives on September 3rd. They said he admitted to the shootings in south Omaha.
Prosecutors said Jenkins told them that he started hearing voices from an Egyptian God when he was serving time in prison for robbery. He said the voices told him to commit the murders and that the victims were sacrifices. Detectives said Jenkins complained of having headaches in jail and that he was bipolar.
Jenkins' defense attorney, Tom Riley, cross-examined OPD detective Abe Schneider and Douglas County Sergeant John Pankonin who laid out the evidence in court Tuesday. Riley questioned police protocols in regards to suspect interviews and interrogations. He asked if detectives inquired about Jenkins' mental history before conducting interviews. Prosecutors said they have a taped interview of Nikko Jenkins confessing to the crimes.
A trial date has not been set.