Nikko Jenkins pleads no contest

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By News 5 Staff

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Updated: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 06:11:40 CST

The man accused in an Omaha murder spree last summer has pleaded no contest to all charges against him. Nikko Jenkins pleaded no contest today to four counts of first-degree murder, four counts of use of a deadly weapon and six counts of possession of a deadly weapon.

Douglas County District Judge Peter Bataillon accepted the plea. No contest pleas are treated as *guilty* pleas at sentencing. Jenkins still faces the death penalty. A three judge panel will be convened to decide the punishment.

The 27-year-old had filed a handwritten motion Friday saying he wanted to plead guilty. Jenkins, acting as his own attorney, was accused of shooting four people to death in three separate attacks over 10 days after being released from prison last July 30th.