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High court declines to hear Nebraska, Missouri death cases

Posted at 2:40 PM, Apr 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-20 15:40:40-04

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is passing for now on deciding whether juries must find all facts necessary to impose a death sentence or whether judges can play a role.

It's an issue Nebraska and Missouri death row inmates had asked the court to take up.

The high court on Monday declined to hear appeals brought by Nikko Jenkins and Craig Wood. The court didn’t comment in turning away the cases.

Jenkins is currently on death row in Nebraska for the murders of Jorge Ruiz, Juan Pena, Curtis Bradford, and Andrea Kruger in a 10-day span in August 2013 shortly after being released from prison.

According to the Associated Press, Wood is on death row in Missouri after being convicted of kidnapping, raping and killing 10-year-old Hailey Owens back in 2014.