YORK, Neb. — Erica Jenkins, 31, an inmate at the Nebraska Correctional Center for Women in York who is serving a life sentence for murder, is asking for her name to be changed.
Jenkins has petitioned the York County District Court, asking for a hearing to be held July 12, so her name change request can be considered.
She is asking that her name be legally changed from Erica Ashley Jenkins to Elluminati Egoddess Erikka Prestige.
Jenkins is serving a life sentence for the 2013 slaying of Curtis Bradford of Omaha. She is the sister of death-row inmate Nikko Jenkins, who participated in Bradford’s killing and was responsible for three other murders. She also has a decades-long sentence for robbery associated with the killing.
Jenkins is also serving a 20- to 30-year sentence for the beating of fellow inmate, Christine Bordeaux. Jenkins was found guilty by a York County jury of assaulting Bordeaux (her cousin, who testified against the Jenkins siblings in the Bradford case). In that case, Bordeaux suffered a concussion, broken arm and nose.
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The first week of the new year will be consumed with an old case.
The convicted murderer's latest report of a disfigurement had prosecutors decrying Jenkins’ “ploys” and had state officials trying to figure out how Jenkins continues to obtain the means to mutilate himself.
The acting warden of the Nebraska State Penitentiary, other prison staff and Jenkins participated in a court hearing via conference call on Thursday to discuss the June 27 incident and how Jenkins has repeatedly had access to razors.
Like pouring water on a fish.
If LB 268 becomes law, the worst that he and two notable slaying suspects would face is life in prison.
Jenkins reportedly told a judge that he carved the 666 because he is not receiving treatment for his purported mental illness.
Judge finds Lori Jenkins not guilty of an accessory count connected to a gas can she retrieved for her son after the murder of Andrea Kruger.
Jurors found her guilty of killing Curtis Bradford in August 2013; her brother Nikko Jenkins has already been convicted in the slaying.
District Judge Peter Bataillon also sentenced Nikko Jenkins' 24-year-old sister to 80 to 100 years on weapons charges.
Christine Bordeaux entered pleas to attempted robbery in the Aug. 11, 2013, deaths of Jorge Cajiga-Ruiz and Juan Uribe-Pena and to conspiracy to commit robbery in the Aug. 21, 2013, death of Andrea Kruger. Bordeaux reached the plea bargain as part of her ongoing cooperation with prosecutors.
U.S. District Judge Lyle E. Strom on Monday ruled that the state is immune from that type of litigation because Nikko Jenkins’ release was a discretionary action and thus protected by law.
Jenkins faces a death-penalty hearing for the Aug. 11 murders of Juan Uribe-Pena and Jorge Cajiga-Ruiz, the Aug. 19 murder of Curtis Bradford, and the Aug. 21 murder of Andrea Kruger.
Eight psychiatrists who have evaluated Jenkins are split into two camps: Those who believe he is a manipulator who makes up voices in his head to try to escape consequences. And those who believe he is so mentally ill that he hears voices.
Nikko Jenkins cited about a dozen state statutes and U.S. Supreme Court decisions Friday in an effort to convince a judge that the convicted killer understands the law well enough to represent himself.
Douglas County District Judge Peter Bataillon denies the convicted killer's request to represent himself.
Judges rarely allow defendants to withdraw their pleas to crimes. But the Jenkins case may have enough quirks to make it possible.
Lori Jenkins, who is serving a 10-year federal prison term for buying ammunition for her son, faces three charges of being an accessory after the fact.
Melonie is the third Jenkins family member on trial in the shooting death of Curtis Bradford.
Erica Jenkins’ cousin Brian Easterling says at her trial that the defendant celebrated the 2013 slaying.
A firefighter and police detective who responded to fatal shooting of Curtis Bradford are the first prosecution witnesses called.
After three days of jury selection, the prosecution and defense in Erica Jenkins’ murder trial began laying out their cases Wednesday afternoon.
The trial for the sister of convicted killer Nikko Jenkins is expected to go into next week; she is accused of helping her brother kill Curtis Bradford on Aug. 19, 2013.
She doesn’t want to be held in the jail, where she’s racked up a handful of felony charges in the assaults of other inmates or correctional officers.
Douglas County is set to pay $125,000 to a former jail psychiatrist who said he was wrongly fired after his testimony at a competency hearing for Nikko Jenkins.
The Nebraska Department of Corrections is looking into how convicted killer Nikko Jenkins got hold of a razor blade and mailed it to a state senator.
Deputy Gage County Attorney Rick Schreiner was appointed Friday to handle the case.
Study after study indicates that prolonged isolation and lack of social interaction worsens the paranoia and anxiety of mentally ill inmates and can destabilize even those without mental health problems. Some states report higher rates of repeat crimes for those who spend time in isolation.
With a mandatory minimum term for being a habitual criminal, the sister of Nikko Jenkins will be eligible for parole in 40 years.
This year’s campaign season had it all in the way of bizarre political fights, toxic television ads and politicians struggling to survive amid a bad case of foot-in-mouth disease, otherwise known as the common gaffe.
World-Herald staff reporter Todd Cooper stopped by The Bottom Line on Thursday to discuss the Royals, the good time law, early prison release, Nikko Jenkins and more.
Public defender faults efforts to provide psychiatric treatment to the convicted killer in prison instead of at the Lincoln Regional Center
Convicted killer Nikko Jenkins endorsed U.S. Rep. Lee Terry during a court appearance Wednesday.
State Sen. Ernie Chambers is calling for criminal charges to be filed against a state prison psychologist for failing to disclose that a psychiatrist had deemed convicted killer Nikko Jenkins to be mentally ill and dangerous.
Nikko Jenkins has long asked to be placed at the Lincoln Regional Center.
A Douglas County judge on Tuesday ruled that the Lincoln Regional Center won’t house convicted killer Nikko Jenkins — but its psychiatrists wi…
Nebraska can’t be held liable for what the felon did outside prison, the Attorney General’s Office argues.
Her attorneys argue that jurors would be inflamed if testimony about two slayings committed by her brother Nikko Jenkins were allowed.
Erica Jenkins jokingly tried an insanity plea but wound up with another assault charge.
Also, Council Bluffs police were within a few parking-lot stalls of making contact with Nikko Jenkins the night he killed Juan Uribe-Pena and Jorge Cajiga-Ruiz — his first slaying victims.
Erica Jenkins was found guilty Monday of helping her brother, serial killer Nikko Jenkins, rob two Omaha men before he killed them at Spring Lake Park. But jurors couldn't agree on two conspiracy to commit robbery counts that she also faced.
Nikko Jenkins will face a three-judge panel, likely in August, to determine whether he deserves the death penalty. Joining Douglas County District Judge Peter Bataillon — who oversaw Jenkins' case — will be Lancaster County District Judge Paul Merritt, Jr. and Madison County District Judge Mark Johnson.
LINCOLN — A lawsuit filed Tuesday on behalf of an Omaha woman killed by Nikko Jenkins claims that state officials caused her death by wrongful…
Authorities say Jenkins cut his lips, carved above his eyebrows and then smeared blood over his cell at the Lincoln Correctional Center.
For security reasons, Nikko Jenkins will receive a mental evaluation in prison rather than be taken to the Lincoln Regional Center.
The only exceptions will be documents that the state, Douglas County and the Omaha Public Schools might consider confidential under attorney-client privilege, said State Sen. Steve Lathrop of Omaha.
Nikko Jenkins is not competent to face a hearing on whether he’ll get the death penalty for killing four people last year, a Douglas County District judge ruled Friday.
State Sen. Ernie Chambers called on an Omaha judge Tuesday to avoid “the circus” of allowing accused killer Nikko Jenkins to defend himself at trial.
Christine Bordeaux, a first cousin of Lori Jenkins, said she was at her home with Lori Jenkins when a news report about the ammunition purchase came on the TV.
After a two-hour hearing, a judge declined to throw out the murder case or to dismiss Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine as prosecutor.
Accused killer files motion to submit a plea of "no contest," something a judge had indicated he would not allow.
The judge in the case will have to hold a hearing and inform Jenkins that he is giving up several rights by making his plea.
Family of his victims watch the killer rant and bluster, then be convicted of murder.
Douglas County District Court Judge Peter Bataillon is to be commended for trying to limit the trauma Jenkins' in-court actions inflicted on his victims' loved ones, all while seeking to make certain that the wheels of justice turned properly.
The legislator doesn't want the killer to walk free, but he blasts what he called the judge's "kangaroo court."
He could be moved from the Douglas County Jail to a state prison facility before sentencing, a move officials say is not uncommon.
Peter Bataillon says the complexity of the death penalty arguments during the sentencing phase requires the expertise of the defender's office
Douglas County District Judge Peter Bataillon reappointed the Douglas County Public Defender's Office to represent Jenkins, who resisted the judge's motion.
Murder suspect complains about perceived slights and tries to control courtroom
Six Omaha homicide detectives involved in two high-profile investigations were honored Thursday with the 2013 Crime Stoppers Officer of the Year award.
A hearing on the request has been set for Tuesday.
They say defendants who think handling their case will let them strike out at the system are wrong.
Douglas County Judge Peter Bataillon also threw out Jenkins' claim that he's entitled to $7.5 million because of comments made by the county attorney.
Douglas County District Judge Peter Bataillon said prosecutors did not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Anthony "Tone" Wells provided the shotgun to Jenkins.
Testimony prompts angry outbursts from the man accused of giving Jenkins the alleged murder weapon.
Dr. Eugene Oliveto says Douglas County Corrections officials retaliated against him after he testified in the Nikko Jenkins case.
The doctor says he's being punished after taking the system to task for releasing Jenkins.
Accused killer blames corrections officials for four killings.
Hearing had nothing to do with whether Jenkins was sane or insane at the time of the killings he's accused of.
The psychiatrist shared a number of colorful opinions. Two other doctors took the stand and differed on whether Jenkins is competent to stand trial on murder charges.
Erica Jenkins, 24, nodded and smiled to family members after entering pleas to those counts. She was much more subdued than in a previous hearing, when she had overturned a lectern and hollered at a judge.
State Sen. Steve Lathrop of Omaha said that Jenkins' release raises several questions about the state's prison system, including the adequacy of mental health care, the use of disciplinary segregation and why prison officials didn't seek a mental health commitment.
Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine told The World-Herald that a state psychiatrist has found Jenkins competent to stand trial. Jenkins' claim says such “extrajudicial comments ... will directly instill prejudice and bias condemnation of me.”
Jenkins, charged in four Omaha killings, now seeks dismissal of all felony counts against him and says he should be released from jail because of prosecutorial misconduct
Yet prison administrators launched him from their most extreme confinement — a segregated cell where he spent 23 hours a day — into the Omaha community.
Defense lawyers will be given time to review the state's evaluation, and a judge will likely decide whether Jenkins is competent to stand trial.
Such loyalty and fear are a double frustration for police and community anti-violence efforts, creating a domino effect of retaliatory violence and witness silencing. That, in turn, makes arrests and successful prosecutions more difficult.
A name that was respected in Nebraska 100 years ago has become synonymous with lawlessness as generations of Leverings succumbed to alcohol, drugs and violence.
Detective Dave Schneider provided more details in the case against Lori Jenkins, one of several family members tied to a series of August slayings.
Months after the shooting that nearly killed Shamecha Holloway and injured 2, she has a nagging question: Why haven't police made an arrest in the shooting?
Jenkins, 27, is suspected of shooting a man, Jermaine J. Stewart, 28, and two women on Aug. 24 near 46th and Fort Streets, authorities say.
Curtis Bradford had told a woman that Jenkins had him “knock people off” and steal their drugs.
District Judge Peter Bataillon told Jenkins he couldn't accept his guilty pleas until he is satisfied that Jenkins is competent and understands the proceedings.
A young woman — believed to be one of Jenkins' girlfriends — went to the District Court clerk's office on Wednesday with a “waiver and plea of guilty.”
"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," public defender Tom Riley said.
He sent similar letters to prosecutors and the judge assigned to his case. But just because a defendant declares he wants to plead guilty doesn't mean it will happen.
Nikko Jenkins' 23-year-old sister was in court this morning as prosecutors laid out the case they have built against her.
Douglas County District Judge Peter Bataillon entered not-guilty pleas on Jenkins' behalf — as is customary when a defendant stands silent.
Prosecutors have filed three additional charges against Lori Jenkins, accusing her of lying and getting rid of evidence on behalf of her son, murder suspect Nikko Jenkins.
Douglas County prosecutors will seek the death penalty for Nikko Jenkins, saying aggravating circumstances exist in the four deaths in which he's charged.
Nikko Jenkins' sister and uncle played major roles in an August killing spree, Douglas County prosecutors said Thursday.
Ammunition, plus DNA evidence and a confession, lead a judge to order a murder trial for Nikko Jenkins.
The revelation about the buyer of the ammunition provided another twist to the all-in-the-family saga that surrounds Nikko Jenkins' arrest in connection with four recent Omaha slayings.
The State of Nebraska is being asked to pay $7.5 million in damages in connection with the slaying of Andrea Kruger during an Aug. 21 carjacking in northwest Omaha.
Nikko Jenkins told a Douglas County judge Friday that she's not a killer and that she's three months pregnant, and then later uttered an expletive.
Imprisoned since age 16, he still managed to accumulate a claque of adoring followers.
Warren J. Levering was found on the Winnebago Indian Reservation in northeast Nebraska.
Gov. Dave Heineman wants a tougher approach, but other officials say prison rules are the problem.
The man charged in four deaths “would have killed again,” the police chief says. “It was a race against time.”
The disclosure that Jenkins wrote to Chambers comes after The World-Herald reported that Jenkins also mailed erratic letters to two Douglas County judges. Jenkins also wrote to Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine and two of his prosecutors.
The Republican governor, in a letter to Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine, said he fully supports Kleine's decision to seek the death penalty for the “senseless murders.
Nikko Jenkins, charged with four counts of first-degree murder, will remain in the Douglas County Correctional Center.
In sentencing Jenkins in 2011, Douglas County District Judge Gary Randall gave him credit for 513 days that he had served in the Douglas County Jail after being transferred there from the Tecumseh State Prison while he awaited trial.
Court and corrections records obtained exclusively by The World-Herald show three factors could have — some say should have — kept Jenkins behind bars well past July 30. Jenkins has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder.
Nikko Jenkins — a robber who was just released from a Nebraska prison July 30 after serving about 10½ years — reportedly walked investigators through the slayings.
Update: Authorities have arrested Nikko Jenkins on four counts of first-degree murder.
Meanwhile, authorities are awaiting test results from DNA samples taken from the car of slaying victim Andrea Kruger and locations tied to Nikko Jenkins.
Authorities are investigating whether Nikko Jenkins was involved in four killings soon after his prison release.
Nikko Jenkins also could be questioned in connection with three other slayings committed in the month since he was released from prison.
Douglas County Sheriff Tim Dunning says he does not believe that Kruger — a married mother of three — was "targeted."
Omaha authorities are investigating a death at North 18th and Clark Streets.
Omaha police on Tuesday identified the second victim found dead inside a pickup parked near a swimming pool at Spring Lake Park in Omaha.