Police reports in Nikko Jenkins slaying case raise specter of other crimes - Omaha.com
Published Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at 1:00 am / Updated at 4:57 pm
Police reports in Nikko Jenkins slaying case raise specter of other crimes

A psychiatrist's report released Monday raises allegations that murder suspect Nikko Jenkins was connected to additional shootings and raises questions about whether one of his alleged victims, Curtis Bradford, had killed people at Jenkins' instruction.

The report by Dr. Bruce Gutnik shed light on Jenkins' time after he was released from prison July 30. In addition to his interview with Jenkins, Gutnik summarized several police reports that he had reviewed to evaluate Jenkins' mental state.

Judge Peter Bataillon, who reviewed the report Monday, declared Nikko Jenkins not competent to stand trial and ordered that he undergo a psychiatric evaluation at the Lincoln Regional Center.

The judge would not accept Jenkins' guilty pleas in the August shooting deaths of Jorge Cajiga-Ruiz and Juan Uribe-Pena in Spring Lake Park, Bradford near 18th and Clark Streets and Andrea Kruger near 168th and Fort Streets.

Omaha police have not publicly connected Jenkins to any other recent violent crimes, nor have they connected Bradford with any homicides. Police spokeswoman Darci Tierney declined to comment on Gutnik's report.

According to Gutnik's summary of the police reports he reviewed:

Police first questioned Jenkins in August at a YMCA about Bradford's death. Jenkins asked officers to wait until he was done with his workout. He denied killing Bradford and said the two were homies. They knew each other from prison. Jenkins told officers that Blood gang members probably killed Bradford, whom police identified as a Camden Block Crip.

Then he told officers he wouldn't assist them in their investigation. Police noted that Jenkins “was emotionless when he spoke about Bradford's death as if he were reading his responses off a piece of paper.”

A woman told officers that Bradford said Jenkins had him “knock people off.” She said Bradford, who had been released from prison seven months before Jenkins, told her he had killed a number of people and stole their stashes. Bradford, she said, listed a number of people he claimed to have killed and said he did it because the Murder Town gang wanted to take over. She said the violence was related to cocaine trafficking. It's not clear whether such a list exists.

Lori Jenkins told police that Nikko, her son, had confided that he had killed a “white lady, a black boy and two Mexicans.”

According to the psychiatrist's report, Jenkins was commonly seen with weapons before his Aug. 29 arrest.

Jenkins' wife, Chalonda Jenkins, told police that her husband had been carrying around at least one shotgun and a black rifle in a duffel bag. Chalonda Jenkins “acknowledged being present during a shooting in which Nikko Jenkins was named as a possible shooter of three people, none of whom died. She observed Mr. Jenkins shooting at a car and at a woman outside the car.” Nikko Jenkins hasn't been charged in any shootings other than the four homicides.

Sometime before his arrest, Jenkins showed up at two cousins' house holding a rifle. The cousins told an officer that they felt intimidated and gave him $100 and a pair of jeans when he asked for them.

Officers interviewed another woman who had a sexual relationship with Jenkins. The woman said Jenkins had a short-barrel black pump action shotgun. She said Jenkins had been staying at a Council Bluffs hotel after his release from prison. She said that Jenkins wouldn't leave the hotel room during the daytime and that Jenkins' mother brought him food. Jenkins told the woman he drank his own bodily fluids.

Nikko told the woman that “if she wanted to be his 'goddess,' she would have to take off her ankle bracelet that tracked her location.” She told officers she didn't want to hang out with Jenkins anymore.

Timeline: 4 killings tied to Nikko Jenkins

Contact the writer: Alissa Skelton

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Alissa is a breaking news and general assignment reporter for Omaha.com.

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