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Omaha Man Convicted Of Murdering 4 People In 10-Day Span

Twenty-seven-year-old Nikko Jenkins was convicted of shooting and killing four people, claiming an Egyptian god told him to.
Posted at 11:07 PM, Apr 16, 2014

A Nebraska man who claims an Egyptian god told him to kill four people last year has been found guilty of first-degree murder.

Twenty-seven-year-old Nikko Jenkins, filmed here by KLKN, is convicted of shooting and killing four people over a 10-day span last August. He's representing himself in court.  

Jenkins had originally entered a guilty plea, but Wednesday he changed his mind, pleading no contest and offering a bizarre defense. The World-Herald writes, "At times, he spoke in what he said was the language of his serpent god, Opophis. Prosecutors say he is faking the purported voices — that his real reason for the killings was robbery."

The killings took the lives of Juan Pena and Jorge Ruiz, along with Curtis Bradford, a former fellow inmate with Jenkins. Also dead: Andrea Kruger, a mother of three. (Via KHAS)

Speaking to press after the guilty verdict, Bradford's family expressed relief.

"I'm ready for all families to have closure. We need closure now." (Via WOWT)

Jenkins was also found guilty on eight weapons counts and two counts of being a felon with a gun. A panel of three judges will now decide Jenkins' sentence — either life in prison or the death penalty.