Jenkins' request to represent himself granted

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Updated: Fri, 14 Mar 2014 05:04:56 CST

The man accused of murdering four in Omaha last August will defend himself at trial. Today, Douglas County District Court Judge Peter Bataillon granted murder suspect Nikko Jenkins' request to represent himself during his trial. The public defender's office will have an attorney to assist Jenkins in preparing his case, but won't participate in the trial itself.

Jenkins had a wide smile on his face as he left the courtroom. He exchanged "I love you" with family members and told them to "keep your head up." Jenkins also believes his rights were violated and he should be paid more than 7 million dollars after a county attorney told reporters that a state doctor had determined Jenkins to be competent for trial.