A judge will decide whether Nikko Jenkins, charged with killing four people, is competent to stand trial after two psychiatrists issued conflicting evaluations.
Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine said he received a letter Tuesday from state psychiatrist Dr. Y. Scott Moore, who evaluated Jenkins' mental health at the Douglas County Jail in December.
Moore concluded that Jenkins is capable of standing trial for the August shooting deaths of Jorge Cajiga-Ruiz and Juan Uribe-Pena in Spring Lake Park, Curtis Bradford near 18th and Clark Streets and Andrea Kruger near 168th and Fort Streets.
Moore also evaluated Jenkins in 2010 and diagnosed him with anti-social personality disorder. He doubted Jenkins was hearing voices from a serpent god, as Jenkins has claimed.
At that time, Moore said in a report that Jenkins didn't need to be committed to a regional center because there was no universally accepted and medically approved treatment for being anti-social.
Moore's conclusion differs from a November psychiatric evaluation by Dr. Bruce Gutnik, who declared Jenkins was not competent to stand trial. He diagnosed Jenkins with schizophrenia.
However, Gutnik said, it was possible for Jenkins' competence to be restored with appropriate treatment, including antipsychotic medications.
Defense lawyers will be given time to review the state's evaluation, Kleine said, and a judge will decide whether Jenkins is competent to stand trial.
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