Members of a now notorious Omaha family have appeared in Douglas County Court this week after being jailed on relatively minor charges while authorities built a murder case against 26-year-old Nikko Jenkins.
Jenkins made his first court appearance Tuesday on a charge of terroristic threats; bail was set at half a million dollars.
Moments later, his mother, Lori Jenkins, and sister Melonie Jenkins were called before a Douglas County judge on charges of witness tampering.
Nikko Jenkins was due in court again Wednesday on charges that he was a felon in possession of two weapons. His sister Erica Jenkins, arrested on a warrant charging her with criminal mischief, also was to appear. Neither did.
Instead, authorities booked Nikko Jenkins on suspicion of first-degree murder in four Omaha slayings: Andrea Kruger on Aug. 21; Curtis Bradford on Aug. 19; and Jorge Cajiga-Ruiz and Juan Uribe-Pena, both on Aug. 11.
Proceedings were delayed for Erica Jenkins, 23, after the Public Defender's Office asked that she be represented by a private, court-appointed attorney. A public defender said it would be a conflict of interest for the office to represent two people from the same family. Erica Jenkins remains in jail, awaiting another court date.
Lori Jenkins also remains in jail. She is being held on $150,000 bail on one count of witness tampering.
Melonie Jenkins is charged with two counts of witness tampering and is being held on $250,000 bail.
According to prosecutors, Lori and Melonie tried to intimidate a woman whose allegations led to the terroristic threat charge against Nikko Jenkins.
That woman had gone to police to report that Nikko Jenkins called to threaten to kill her and her family. She also reported that one of Jenkins' family members was outside her house. In another instance, the woman reported, someone associated with Jenkins appeared to be following her car.
Jenkins, asking Tuesday to speak before the judge, said he never threatened the woman and called the incident “a relationship quarrel between two lovers.”
At one point, he referred to the woman as his spouse, although he is married to someone else.
Jenkins told the judge that the woman who reported the threats has his name tattooed on her face.
A friend of Jenkins', Christine S. Bordeaux, a felon, is accused of illegally buying two boxes of Brenneke Classic Magnum 12-gauge ammunition — commonly known to hunters as “deer slugs” — on Aug. 2.
Bordeaux, 39, is being held at the request of the U.S. Marshals Service. She faces a federal charge of being a felon in possession of ammunition. Bordeaux was previously convicted of unauthorized use of a credit card.