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|Sheley Withdraws Request to Fire Attorneys
|The Sterling man accused in an alleged two-state killing spree says he no longer wants to fire his attorneys and hire private counsel for his Galesburg murder case.
At the end of a nearly 90-minute hearing in Knox County Circuit Court Friday, 29-year old Nicholas Sheley decided he had wanted to withdraw his motion to fire defense counsel Jeremy Karlin and Jim Harrell, and indicated he would no longer seek to hire his own attorney.
The withdrawal came after Circuit Judge James Stewart made several rulings on questions that had been raised relating to reasons why Sheley wanted the attorneys gone in the first place.
Stewart ruled that a third attorney -- one that would have taken up the issue of whether or not Sheley could fire his attorneys -- would not be appointed to the case, that Karlin and Harrell were providing, in his words, "appropriate" representation, and that no conflict of interest existed. Sheley had claimed the two weren't following his wishes for making sure he had a speedy trial.
The decision also came after Stewart had okayed giving Sheley time on the phone at the Knox County Jail in order to make calls to seek private counsel.
Stewart also ruled that reports of recent incidents allegedly involving Sheley at the Knox County Jail needed to be turned over to the defense first, before they could be given to the doctors that have performed mental exams on him.
Stewart set a date March third for a hearing to set future dates in the case. He said he wanted to hear at that time about the status of DNA testing that he has long awaited the results of.
Sheley allegedly killed 65-year old Ronald Randall late last June, along with killing seven-others between Whiteside County and Missouri.
(Nicholas Sheley. WGIL News File Photo)
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