Judge Calls for Explanation From Regional Center

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

OMAHA, Neb.-- A judge has ordered state psychiatric hospital officials to court next week to explain why the Lincoln hospital can't house and treat a man convicted of killing four Omaha people last summer.

Douglas County District Judge Peter Bataillon issued the order during a hearing Thursday -- more than two weeks after he ordered Nikko Jenkins to the state's psychiatric hospital in Lincoln for treatment. But in a letter sent to the judge last week, the Lincoln Regional Center said it doesn't have adequate security or a bed for Jenkins.

Jenkins was convicted earlier this year of four counts of first-degree murder but was declared incompetent to face the sentencing portion of his case.

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