Omaha police: Lori Jenkins told daughter to get rid of clothes worn at murder scenes - Omaha.com
Published Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 1:00 am / Updated at 9:30 am
Omaha police: Lori Jenkins told daughter to get rid of clothes worn at murder scenes

Lori Jenkins told a daughter to get rid of clothes worn at the murders of three people, an Omaha police officer testified Wednesday.

Detective Dave Schneider provided more details in the case against Lori Jenkins, one of several family members tied to a series of August slayings.

Authorities have charged Lori Jenkins' son, 27-year-old Nikko Jenkins, with four counts of first-degree murder. Daughter Erica Jenkins, 23, is charged with one count of first-degree murder, but is accused of being present at three deaths. Warren Levering, a brother of Lori Jenkins, also is charged with one count of first-degree murder.

Schneider said Lori Jenkins, 47, knew Erica Jenkins was present at the killings of Jorge Cajiga-Ruiz and Juan Uribe-Pena near Spring Lake park and Curtis Bradford in north Omaha. She told her daughter to toss clothing so police could not find traces of blood and gunpowder, he said.

Police and prosecutors said Lori Jenkins also gave her brother a gas can that he used to burn a car belonging to a fourth homicide victim, Andrea Kruger, who was shot and killed near 168th and Fort Streets.

A judge ruled that prosecutors had enough evidence against Lori Jenkins to try her on three counts of being an accessory to murder. She also faces a federal witness tapering charge in U.S. District Court.

Lori Jenkins' attorney, William Eustice, said his client provided the gas can because she thought her relatives had run out of gas.

Timeline: 4 killings tied to Nikko Jenkins

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Maggie is a cops and breaking news reporter for Omaha.com.

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