YORK — A judge has agreed to delay a trial for convicted killer Erica Jenkins, who also asked for a different lawyer to represent her on a prison assault charge.
Jenkins, who is serving life plus more than 100 years for participating in one of four murders committed by her brother, Nikko Jenkins, is now scheduled for a jury trial to begin May 22. She faces felony assault and weapons charges for allegedly attacking her cousin, Christine Bordeaux, who testified against Jenkins in the murder case.
The assault occurred in 2016 at the Nebraska Correctional Center for Women in York after prison officials placed the two women in the same cell. Jenkins used a combination lock like brass knuckles on her cousin after Bordeaux refused to recant her trial testimony, according to a state investigator.
During a pretrial hearing Tuesday, York County District Judge James Stecker granted Jenkins’ request for a new court-appointed lawyer.
Defense attorney Kevin Schlender also asked to withdraw from the case, saying there was a lack of trust between him and his client.
“I feel he has more rapport with the Attorney General’s Office; they are conspiring against me,” Jenkins told the judge. “Everything I tell him, he goes and tells them.”
“If I do this, you will not get to choose your attorney,” the judge told Jenkins.
“That’s fair,” Jenkins said.
Jenkins, 27, is back at the York prison after being housed for a time at an Iowa correctional facility for women. Bordeaux, who suffered a concussion, broken arm and fractured nasal bone in the beating, is now being held at an out-of-state prison that officials have not identified for her safety.
Jenkins is serving life in prison for the 2013 slaying of Curtis Bradford of Omaha. And she is serving 100 additional years for seven other convictions that include robbery, use of a firearm to commit a felony and three assaults on guards at the Douglas County Jail.
York News-Times staff writer Melanie Wilkinson contributed to this report.