Nikko Jenkins suspected in shooting that wounded 3 -
Published Thursday, November 28, 2013 at 12:00 am / Updated at 1:36 am
Nikko Jenkins suspected in shooting that wounded 3

Timeline: Killings tied to Nikko Jenkins

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The man accused of slaying four Omahans is suspected of shooting three other people only days after the alleged killing spree.

Nikko Jenkins, 27, is suspected of shooting a man, Jermaine J. Stewart, 28, and two women on Aug. 24 near 46th and Fort Streets, authorities say.

Jenkins has not been charged in that case.

He faces four first-degree murder counts 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 near 168th and Fort Streets.

About 6 a.m. on Aug. 24, Stewart and two women were shot outside a house near 46th and Fort Streets.

The person who identified Jenkins as the triggerman: his wife, Chalonda.

According to a psychiatrist’s summary of Omaha police reports, Chalonda Jenkins told a homicide detective that she was “present during a shooting in which she ... observed Mr. Jenkins shooting at a car and at a woman outside the car.”

Stewart had driven a green 1990 Chevy Caprice to the house and dropped off the two women.

By the time police arrived, Stewart and the two women were in the yard, suffering from gunshot wounds. All three survived and said the shots came from a dark-­colored vehicle.

It wasn’t clear what the motive might be. Stewart — convicted of robbery and gun use — served a three- to four-year prison term at the same time that Jenkins was in prison for a carjacking.

On Aug. 29, Jenkins’ sister Erica Jenkins, also charged in the August killings, jumped Stewart and put him in a headlock upon her arrival at the Douglas County Jail, police say. A judge later dismissed the assault charge.

Lt. Darci Tierney, a police spokeswoman, confirmed that Nikko Jenkins was a suspect in an additional shooting but declined to specify which one. Tierney also said police looked into allegations that Curtis Bradford, one of the August homicide victims, was involved in some killings in Omaha.

A woman told detectives that Bradford had talked of helping Nikko Jenkins “knock people off” — and talked of having a hit list.

“At this time, Bradford is not a suspect in any homicide investigations,” Tierney said.

Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine said he was briefed by detectives about the Jermaine Stewart shooting after he had charged Nikko Jenkins with the four counts of first-­degree murder.

Kleine said he has yet to see more detailed supplemental reports on that shooting incident.

“We’ll certainly look into it,” Kleine said.

On Monday, a judge ordered Jenkins, who has repeatedly said that he wishes to plead guilty, to be evaluated at the Lincoln Regional Center to determine whether he is competent to stand trial.

Seven of Jenkins’ family members also await charges in connection with the killing spree.

Nikko Jenkins’ younger sister, Lori Sayles, said in an interview that she believes Jermaine Stewart knew her brother and sister Erica Jenkins.

Sayles said she ran into Stewart at the Douglas County Jail in September or October while Sayles was visiting her mother, Lori Jenkins, who also faces charges related to the slayings.

Sayles said she thought Stewart was visiting his brother.

At one point Stewart turned to Sayles and asked, “Are you Nikko’s sister?”

“Why do you want to know?” she asked.

Sayles continued to talk to her mother via a phone and TV screen.

When Stewart finished his conversation, he hung around staring at her screen for 30 more seconds, making her and her mother uncomfortable, Sayles said.

World-Herald staff writer Roseann Moring contributed to this report.

Contact the writer: Todd Cooper    |   402-444-1275

Todd covers courts and legal issues for The World-Herald.

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