Sister of man convicted of killing 4 Omaha people pleads not guilty to assaulting jail guard

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OMAHA, Nebraska — The sister of a man convicted of killing four Omaha people in August 2013 has pleaded not guilty to again assaulting a jail guard.

Erica Jenkins, 24, quipped "not guilty by reason of insanity" when asked for her plea Thursday by a Douglas County district judge, The Omaha World-Herald reported (http://bit.ly/1rapOrA ).

After a brief conversation with her attorneys, Jenkins was allowed to change the plea to not guilty. She laughed as she was led from the courtroom.

The felony assault charge stems from an alleged altercation with a jail guard Sunday. A female officer suffered a bloody nose. It's the fourth time that Jenkins has been charged with assault while in jail. Each count carries a penalty of up to five years in prison.

Jenkins was also ordered to stand trial Monday on two counts of robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery and being a habitual criminal. Those charges are connected to the Aug. 11, 2013, killings of Juan Uribe-Pena and Jorge Cajiga-Ruiz in a south Omaha park.

Jenkins' brother, Nikko Jenkins, has been convicted of killing the two men, as well as Curtis Bradford and Andrea Kruger during a 10-day period last year shortly after he was released from prison. He is awaiting sentencing.

Prosecutors have said Erica Jenkins and a cousin lured Uribe-Pena and Cajiga-Ruiz to the park with a promise of sex. Police say Nikko Jenkins was waiting in the park and shot and killed both men after robbing them.

On Thursday, the judge ruled against defense attorneys who wanted to keep the jury from being told that the two men had been killed in the robbery. The judge also rejected a defense motion to exclude cellphone evidence purported to show the GPS locations of Erica Jenkins' phone during the crime. Defense attorneys had argued that information would violate Erica Jenkins' constitutional right to be protected from unreasonable search and seizure.


Information from: Omaha World-Herald, http://www.omaha.com

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