Nikko Jenkins files federal lawsuit against prison system - Omaha.com
Published Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 1:15 pm / Updated at 2:16 pm
Nikko Jenkins files federal lawsuit against prison system

Accused serial killer Nikko Jenkins has filed a federal lawsuit against the Nebraska prison system that housed him for 10 years before his release — blaming corrections officials for "4 killings."

In the six-page lawsuit filed Wednesday -- complete with exhibits and references to statutes and constitutional amendments -- Jenkins claims that spending half of his prison time in solitary confinement resulted in suicide attempts and facial scars from self-mutilation.

He also says corrections officials ignored his repeated claims that he was schizophrenic and heard voices from "Opophis" or "Ahpophis" -- an Egyptian serpent god. State psychiatrists have suggested that Jenkins is making up the voices as a way to justify his actions.

The lawsuit -- written by Jenkins himself -- comes as a judge is mulling whether Jenkins is competent to stand trial for the slayings. A decision is expected this week.

Jenkins, 27, stands charged with first-degree murder in the Aug. 11 slayings of Juan Uribe-Pena and Jorge Cajiga-Ruiz; the Aug. 19 slaying of Curtis Bradford; and the Aug. 21 killing of Andrea Kruger.

"These state officials failed to protect public safety by not seeking the civil commitment of a dangerous person of mental illness," Jenkins wrote. "Released after July 30th, 2013, Nikko Allen Jenkins confessed to four 4 killings murdering 4 omaha Nebraska citizens in human sacrifice to Ahpophis Egyptian war God."

In addition to former corrections director Robert Houston, Jenkins names as defendants a warden, three state prison therapists, an assistant state ombudsman and State Sen. Ernie Chambers.

Chambers and the ombudsman both tried to get Jenkins help and-or a commitment to a mental hospital before his release.

"I am seeking monetary damages in 24.5 million dollars as the four large facial wounds I suffered have deeply scared (sic) my face for life yet the emotional destress (sic) pain and suffering is also life long," Jenkins wrote.

Contact the writer: Todd Cooper

todd.cooper@owh.com    |   402-444-1275

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

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