After Nikko Jenkins' statement that he wants to plead guilty to all first-degree murder and weapons charges he faces, Douglas County Public Defender Tom Riley said his office can't and won't "ignore a client's request."
However, Riley said, he has no plans to ask the judge for "any kind of substantive hearing in the immediate future."
Riley said defense attorneys sometimes deal with defendants who "make decisions based on impulse rather than thinking it through." Death-row inmate Carey Dean Moore several times has asked to end his appeals and be executed – only to change his mind later.
One of the options Riley still needs to explore: Jenkins' mental-health state, now and at the time of the crime.
"As you can imagine, based on his mental health history, there are some questions that need to be resolved before we take any significant steps towards resolution," Riley said.
Jenkins is charged in the shooting deaths of Jorge Cajiga-Ruiz and Juan Uribe-Pena in Spring Lake Park, Curtis Bradford near 18th and Clark Streets, and Andrea Kruger near 168th and Fort Streets.