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Jenkins death penalty hearing resumes

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Posted at 9:30 AM, Nov 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-15 10:30:35-05
A hearing to determine whether convicted killer Nikko Jenkins will receive the death penalty resumed in Douglas County Court Tuesday morning.
 
This morning, prosecutors put Jenkins car-jacking conviction into testimony. Charles Price, the man who Jenkins carjacked in 2002 took the witness stand. That was his initial conviction that sent him to prison.
 
On Monday, Judge Peter Bataillon refused to dismiss the death penalty against Jenkins based on a IQ test Jenkins took when he was first incarcerated in 2003.  Jenkins scored a 69, and state law says anyone who scores below 70 is mentally inpaired and ineligible for the death penalty. Jenkins refused to take another IQ test before this week's hearing.
 
A three judge panel will decide whether Jenkins will receive the death penalty for the murders of four people in August 2013. Jenkins could be the first inmate to receive a death sentence since voters reinstated it last week. 
 
KMTV Senior Reporter Jake Wasikowski is in the courtroom, and will have more details on our later newscasts. He is also live tweeting during the hearing. Follow him at @jakewasikowski