Governor Dave Heineman today commented on the need to pursue the death penalty in Nebraska. Governor Heineman sent a letter to Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine that supports comments Kleine made earlier this week about possibly seeking the death penalty for 26 year old accused murderer Nikko Jenkins.
The letter states Governor Heineman fully supports that decision.
"As you know, Nebraska has authorized the death penalty for situations such as senseless murders of Jorge Cajiga-Ruiz, Juan Uribe-Pena, Curtis Bradford and Andrea Kruger. The movement to abolish the death penalty in our state would have us believe that capital punishment is unjust. However in my travels around the state, I know that the vast majority of Nebraskans believe that the only just sentence for a criminal who terrorized the community with repeated murders is death."
In court today Douglas County Judge Joseph Caniglia ordered Jenkins held without bond. He is charged with four counts of first degree murder.
Photo: State of Nebraska.