Nikko Jenkins Denied Bond on Murder Charges
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Omaha, NE - 26-year-old Nikko Jenkins is denied bond in Douglas County Court Thursday.
He's accused of killing 4 people, just days after he was released from prison. The most-recent murder happened on August 21st. 33-year-old Andrea Kruger was heading home from work, when she was shot to death in an intersection just northwest of Omaha. Also killed were Curtis Bradford on August 19th and Jorge Cajiga-Ruiz and Juan Uribe-Pena on August 11th.
Kruger, a mother of 3, was found dead at 168th & Fort St. Investigators say evidence puts Nikko Jenkins at the scene of the crime.
"This is not about race, this is not about what part of town, this is just about evil on earth having to take place in our community," said Andrea’s husband, Michael-Ryan Kruger.
"I'm happy that I came I'm not upset about it. I'm not anymore different than I was when I walked in here. I think it's part of the closure process, starting that for me,” Andrea’s brother, Ryan Roberts explained.
Jenkins didn't speak in court on Thursday. Judge Joseph Caniglia ordered Jenkins to be held without bond on the four murder charges. The family of Curtis Bradford described their impressions when they first saw the suspect, as “freaky and scary.”
A homeowner found Bradford's body against his garage on August 19th near 18th and Clark St. Bradford was seen with Jenkins the night before; the two had also spent time in prison together. His mother says she didn't feel like Jenkins showed any remorse.
"I'm upset and sad because my son is not here,” said Bradford’s mother, Velita Glasgow. "I'm happy that somebody is in custody for it, for all of our sakes."
When asked if he felt the death penalty was appropriate for Jenkins, Michael-Ryan Kruger was unsure if he wanted their children to have to experience that however many years down the road.
"Do they want to go through that? I don't know, I don't know. I do know that whatever his fate is has been decided right now," Kruger concluded.
Jenkins will be in court for a preliminary hearing on October 1st.
Anthony Wells is being held on $1 million bond. He's accused of giving a gun to Jenkins. Nikko’s sister, Erica Jenkins, is being held on $250,000 bond for Assault by a Confined Person. Nikko’s mother, Lori Jenkins, is being held on $150,000 bond for Witness Tampering in Nikko’s Terroristic Threats case.