Erica Jenkins charged with murder; uncle's role detailed in slaying of Andrea Kruger - Omaha.com
Published Friday, September 20, 2013 at 12:00 am / Updated at 6:12 pm
Erica Jenkins charged with murder; uncle's role detailed in slaying of Andrea Kruger

A sister of Nikko Jenkins told a Douglas County judge Friday that she's not a killer and that she's three months pregnant.

“How can they charge me with murder?” Erica Jenkins said. “I'm not no murderer. I'm pregnant.”

Erica Jenkins, 23, was formally charged Friday with first-degree murder in the Aug. 19 shooting death of Curtis Bradford. Her sister, Lori Sayles, 18, was charged with being an accessory to murder.

Prosecutors said Sayles got rid of the gun that was used to kill Bradford.

Judge Joseph Caniglia denied bail for Erica Jenkins. He set Sayles' bail at $500,000, which means she must pay 10 percent, or $50,000, to be released from jail.

“(Expletive) you very much,” Jenkins told Caniglia as she was ushered back to her cell.
Caniglia ignored her.

It was the second outburst Erica Jenkins has had before Caniglia.

She shouted profanities at him Sept. 5 and overturned the lectern in front of the judge's bench. After leaving the courtroom that day, she allegedly assaulted a corrections officer. She also is accused of assaulting two inmates.

A witness connected Erica Jenkins to the early-morning shooting of Bradford. Authorities believe that she and Nikko Jenkins set up Bradford on the pretense that all three of them were going to do a robbery.

Nikko Jenkins, 26, is charged with four counts of first-degree murder.

Besides the Bradford slaying, he is accused of killing Jorge Cajiga-Ruiz and Juan Uribe-Pena, whose bodies were found Aug. 11 at Spring Lake Park, and Andrea Kruger, 33, as she pulled her sport-utility vehicle up to the intersection at 168th and Fort Streets.

New details in the Kruger shooting emerged Friday that provide a glimpse into the roles that Nikko Jenkins and his uncle, Warren J. Levering, played in her slaying. Levering, 51, appeared in court on a charge of being an accessory to a felony in Kruger's killing. Caniglia denied bail for Levering. Prosecutors say Levering was with Jenkins when he shot and killed Kruger. After they left her for dead, prosecutors say, Levering ate the food Kruger had bought at McDonald's on her way home from work. Levering, driving Kruger's SUV, went to a sister's house to borrow a gas can. He later set a fire inside Kruger's vehicle, abandoned in an alley near 43rd and Charles Streets, prosecutors said.

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