There’s somewhat of an update in the Andrea Kruger murder investigation – police are questioning 26-year-old Nikko Jenkins, who they have in custody on unrelated charges. Nikko served a 9-year prison sentence for two counts of robbery and two counts of assault and was just released last month. Police have since arrested him for making terroristic threats, and while he is in custody, police are questioning his involvement in four murders that have occurred in Omaha throughout the month of August, including that of Andrea Kruger. You can read more about Andrea’s murder HERE.
Below is a timeline of the four murders that police seem to think Nikko may be involved in:
- August 11: 29-year-old Jorge Cajiga-Ruiz and 26-year-old Juan Uribe-Pena were found dead inside of a pickup truck, apparently from gunshot wounds.
- August 19: The body of 22-year-old Curtis Bradford was found in the middle of the street. Witnesses reported hearing gunshots.
- August 21: 33-year-old Andrea Kruger was found dead in an intersection, the victim of an apparent carjakcing.
If the rumors and reports are true, and if Nikko Jenkins really did go on a killing spree right out of prison, then I think we really need to look into WHY Nikko had been released from prison. How could someone who was apparently so capable of a murdering spree be released from prison to live among society again? WOWT.com mentioned that Nebraska has something called a “Good Time Law,” which is essentially what allowed Nikko to only have to serve half of his original 22 year sentence.
According to this PDF about the law from the Arksanas government’s web site, “It shall be the policy of the Board of Correction and Community Punishment to award inmates meritorious good time as a result of good discipline, behavior, work practices, job responsibilities, and involvement in rehabilitative activities while in the custody or supervision of the Department of Correction or Department of Community Punishment.”
Yet WOWT.com is reporting that while serving his sentence, Nikko tried to escape and bit a corrections officer. I’m confused as to how that is considered “meritorious good behavior.” Omaha.com also reported that Nikko allegedly told his fellow inmates before his release that the world would soon take notice of his exploits.
Police have NOT officially named Nikko Jenkins a suspect in Andrea Kruger’s killing, or the murders that I outlined above. He is only being questioned at this point. In fact, his wife spoke with KMTV and claimed her husband’s innocence. According to her, police have been harassing Nikko since he was released from prison. She insists that he is concentrating on his family now.
Nikko will be in court Tuesday for the first time since his release from prison last month. Gun charges were just added to his case over the weekend, after guns were found in the place where he was staying. I’m not sure if cameras will be allowed in the courtroom for the hearing, but I’ll post updates.
Nikko Jenkins has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Andrea Kruger, Curtis Bradford, Juan Uribe-Pena and Jorge Cajiga-Ruiz.
UPDATE 9/23/13 3:42 PM
Warren J. Levering, the 51-year-old uncle of Nikko Jenkins, has been charged as an accessory in Andrea’s murder. Prosecutors say Levering was with Jenkins when he shot and killed Andrea and afterwards, he ate the food she had bought from McDonald’s. He then borrowed a gas can from his sister and set Andrea’s car on fire.
– Suspect Now Facing Gun Charges
– Nebraska’s “Good Time Law”
– Convicted Felon Arrested; May Be Questioned in Kruger’s Death
– Court records portray man with volatile mix of violence, mental illness
– Erica Jenkins charged with murder; uncle’s role detailed in slaying of Andrea Kruger