Nikko Jenkins' sister Erica pleads not guilty to murder, conspiracy charges -
Published Monday, February 10, 2014 at 11:38 am / Updated at 5:08 pm
Nikko Jenkins' sister Erica pleads not guilty to murder, conspiracy charges

The sister of accused serial killer Nikko Jenkins pleaded not guilty Monday to eight counts against her — including the murder of Curtis Bradford and the conspiracy to rob Andrea Kruger.

Erica Jenkins, 24, nodded and smiled to family members after entering pleas to those counts.

She was much more subdued than in a previous hearing, when she had overturned a lectern and hollered at a judge.

Jenkins also was noticeably farther along in her pregnancy — a pregnancy she had revealed shortly after her arrest last fall.

In all, Nikko Jenkins and seven relatives face a variety of charges in connection with a 10-day spree that left four Omahans dead.

Released from prison July 30, Jenkins is accused of killing four Omahans: Jorge Cajiga-Ruiz and Juan Uribe-Pena on Aug. 11; Bradford on Aug. 19 and Kruger on Aug. 21.

Nikko Jenkins faces a hearing Wednesday to determine his competency to stand trial.

After Erica Jenkins entered her not-guilty pleas, her little sister, Lori Sayles, and a cousin, Christine Bordeaux, also made court appearances on accessory and conspiracy charges, respectively.

Both entered not-guilty pleas.

Another codefendant, Anthony L. Wells, waived his right to a jury trial. Wells faces a charge of being a felon in possession of a weapon on allegations that he went to Nikko Jenkins' prison release party at a local hotel and provided one of the guns that Jenkins is accused of using in the spree.

Wells' attorney, James Schaefer, said the charges were based on police representations that two women said that Wells had provided the gun. However, neither of those women will testify to that, Schaefer said.

So Wells will ask Judge Peter Bataillon for an acquittal at a bench trial next month, Schaefer said.

Timeline: 4 killings tied to Nikko Jenkins

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

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

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