Man Found Not Guilty For Giving An Accused Killer A Gun
OMAHA (KPTM)- A man is found not guilty for providing an accused killer with a gun. Anthony Wells heard his verdict Wednesday in a bench trial. Wells was charged with being a felon in possession of a gun.
He is the cousin of Nikko Jenkins. Jenkins is charged with four counts of first degree murder. Though Wells was found not guilty, prosecution still believes the gun used in most of the four murders came from Wells.
Wells' loved ones said they believed he was innocent all along.
"Other people may have assisted, but I knew from day one that tony never, in any kind of way, would have done anything to assist Nikko or any other to commit a crime," said Robert Wagner, Wells' brother-in-law.
A sawed-off shot gun was the gun Wells was accused of giving to Jenkins. Surveillance video shows both men walking through a motel to a party. Officials said it was the same night Jenkins was released from prison last July. Prosecution argued it was that night wells gave Jenkins the gun.
"We believed we had a case and we believed we proved it beyond a reasonable doubt. The judge couldn't quite get to that level. He didn't say he was innocent, but he just couldn't find beyond a reasonable doubt," said Chief Deputy County Attorney Brenda Beadle.
The judge said there was not enough evidence to prove Wells brought the gun inside. Wells' family said hearing the final verdict was the relief they needed.
"He didn't do anything wrong. And he, that's why he took his chances with the judge. You know, I didn't think it was the best idea at the time, but I think the judge made the right choice," said Wagner.
Defense attorneys said Jenkins' girlfriend, Sherry Floyd was the one who brought the gun to the motel.
Officials said Wells will not be released from jail at the moment. Investigators said there are other things that are being considered before Wells would be let out.
Prosecution said the verdict does not halt progress with charges against Jenkins.