Texas Woman Reportedly Plans To Marry Spree Killer Currently On Death Row

Convicted murderer Nikko Jenkins tattooed his fiancée’s name across his face to show his devotion.

December 17, 2019

Nikko Jenkins [Associated Press]

Nikko Jenkins [Associated Press]

By: Aaron Rasmussen

A Texas woman is reportedly making preparations to marry an Omaha serial killer who's on death row in Nebraska.

Dawn Arguello, 46, had served as a volunteer for a nonprofit inmate advocacy group when she fell for Nikko Jenkins, whom she called an “enigma,” according to the Omaha World-Herald.

A department of corrections photo shows Jenkins, 33, got a face tattoo of his fiancée’s name, apparently as a sign of affection for his future bride. She said she wasn't impressed by the gesture.

“I was very [ticked] off that he did that,” Arguello, of Lubbock, told the Omaha World-Herald. “He doesn’t need to be self-mutilating like that.”

She reportedly insists the convicted killer is oft-misunderstood. “He has feelings. He’s very sensitive," she said. "He’s very intelligent and, yes, he’s very manipulating.”

Six years ago, Jenkins went on a 10-day killing spree just weeks after his release from a Nebraska prison where he had served time for armed robbery, The Sun reported.

Authorities said he fatally shot Juan Uribe-Pena and Jorge Cajiga-Ruizon on August 11, 2013 and then killed his former friend, Curtis Bradford, on August 19. Two days later, he dragged Andrea Kruger from her vehicle and shot her four times, according to police.

Jenkins pled no contest to the four deaths in 2014.

At the time, Jenkins reportedly claimed he had schizophrenia and the Egyptian serpent god Apophis had directed him to kill. Experts disagreed on whether he was faking mental illness, according to the Omaha World-Herald.

While awaiting trial, the publication reported Jenkins required 27 stitches after he sliced his penis in an apparent effort to make it look like a serpent in homage to Apophis. He also reportedly carved the word “Satan” and “666” into his head.

“This guy's brain — he'd be so disconnected from his frontal lobes,” psychiatrist Dr. Eugene Oliveto, who treated Jenkins in the Douglas County Jail in 2010 and 2011, told the court. “He's disconnected from his heart, and he's disconnected from his soul.”

The psychiatrist also claimed Jenkins is “worse” than a psychopath. “He's one of the most dangerous people I have ever been in contact with. He should have never been let out,” said Oliveto.

A panel of judges ruled Jenkins was fit to stand trial. "Each one of these murders was a planned and deliberate act," said Douglas County District Judge Peter Bataillon.

Jenkins was ultimately convicted of four counts of first-degree murder and sentenced to death, according to The Associated Press.

He is now appealing the death sentence on the grounds that the state ignored a request to be civilly committed following his release from prison in 2013. At the time, he allegedly warned he would be a threat to others if put back on the streets.

Despite being on death row, Jenkins and Arguello can legally wed.

“Marriage is a constitutional right,” Nebraska Corrections spokeswoman Laura Strimple told the Omaha World-Herald. “As long as all legal requirements and NDCS policies are met, inmates will be permitted to marry, unless the warden finds that the marriage or marriage ceremony presents a threat to the safety, security and good order of the institution.”

Arguello will neither confirm nor deny she and Jenkins plan to become husband and wife.

“I’m not commenting on that," she told the Omaha World-Herald. "He’s never going to say anything; I’m never going to say anything.”

However, the publication reports she unwittingly confirmed the upcoming nuptials during a "series of phone calls as bizarre as the Jenkins’ case."

Whether the purported wedding will be happening anytime soon is yet to be seen. Strimple, citing inmate privacy laws, reportedly declined to comment on Jenkins specifically.

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