Update: Jenkins Pleads No Contest Wednesday

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Nikko Jenkins plead no contest Wednesday 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.

Jenkins is accused of shooting to death four people in three separate attacks over 10 days after he was released from prison on July 30.

Jenkins had previously pleaded not guilty to four murder and eight weapons charges, claiming he didn't receive proper mental health treatment while in prison.