Family members of two slaying victims were in court Thursday to see Nikko Jenkins make his first appearance on four counts of first-degree murder.
Michael-Ryan Kruger said he needed to see the man accused of shooting his 33-year-old wife, Andrea Kruger, after she pulled up behind his vehicle at a stop sign near 168th and Fort Streets on Aug. 21.
Also in court were family of Curtis Bradford, a man who met Jenkins while they were in prison. Bradford was shot to death on Aug. 19.
Jenkins also is accused of shooting of Jorge Cajiga-Ruiz and Juan Uribe-Pena on Aug. 11.
Jenkins appeared shackled and handcuffed in the Douglas County Corrections Center court room flanked by a pair of husky guards. One of the guards kept his hand on the belt around Jenkins' waist for the duration of his appearance.
Judge Joseph Caniglia read Jenkins his rights and told him that he had been charged with four counts of first-degree murder, four counts of use of a firearm to commit a felony and four counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
No other prisoners were present for the hearing. Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine spoke for the prosecution, requesting no bail for Jenkins. The judge granted the request.
A public defender was appointed to defend Jenkins, who is scheduled to have a preliminary court hearing on Oct. 1.
Jenkins is among six Omahans who have been arrested in connection with the homicides. He, however, is the only one to be charged with murder.
Anthony Wells and Erika Jenkins also appeared in court Thursday.
The judge set bail at $1 million for Wells, who is charged with being a felon in possession of a weapon. Prosecutors said Wells, 30, gave a weapon to Jenkins. The two had served prison time together.
Erica Jenkins, one of two sisters in jail, is being held on $350,000 bail for two counts of assault on a confined person, charges that grew out of a jail scuffle.
Erica Jenkins, who also is being held on a criminal mischief warrant out of Sarpy County, shouted at court officials as her bail was being set Thursday.
"Why you keep (expletive) with my bail?" Erica Jenkins hollered.
Caniglia asked her if she wanted a muzzle.
"Do you want a (expletive) muzzle?" Erica Jenkins shot back.
Hands cuffed, she then toppled the lectern that inmates stand near during arraignments.
A handful of corrections officers pounced on her and ushered her out of the jail courtroom.
An earlier version incorrectly stated Erica Jenkins' bail.
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