In a departure from his more vocal sister, Nikko Jenkins stood silent Wednesday when asked to answer to charges that he committed four murders in a 10-day span.
Douglas County District Judge Peter Bataillon entered not-guilty pleas on Jenkins’ behalf — as is customary when a defendant stands silent.
Jenkins — just released from prison on July 30 — is charged with four counts of first-degree murder and several other charges in connection with the Aug. 11 shooting deaths of Jorge Cajiga-Ruiz and Juan Uribe-Pena in Spring Lake Park; the Aug. 19 shooting death of Curtis Bradford near 18th and Clark Streets; and the Aug. 21 shooting death of Andrea Kruger at 168th and Fort Streets.
His sister, Erica, has been outspoken as she has faced a first-degree murder charge in Bradford's death and two counts of conspiracy to commit robbery in connection with the deaths of Cajiga-Ruiz, Uribe-Pena and Kruger. At one point, Erica Jenkins told a judge: “How can they charge me with murder? I'm not no murderer. I'm pregnant.”
Nikko Jenkins reportedly has made admissions to the killings. According to an Omaha police detective, Jenkins told investigators he was acting under the command of an Egyptian serpent god.
Prosecutors say Jenkins' real motive was his desire to jack, or rob, people.