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|Sheley's Attorneys to Seek Change of Venue
|POSTED 3:50pm 3/3/09 The man accused of murders in two states may not end up being tried in Knox County.
29-year old Nicholas Sheley was in Knox County Court Tuesday afternoon, where a hearing was held that would schedule future dates. But at the outset, defense attorney Jeremy Karlin told the court that he intended on filing within the next two weeks a Change of Venue request. Karlin cited extensive media coverage in Knox County following the death of 65-year old Ronald Randall late last June, and Sheley's capture days later near Saint Louis.
Prosecutors told Judge James Stewart they agree with the motion that will be filed, but will still need to be reviewed first.
Karlin says he also intends to file motions related to the Constitutionality of the Death Penalty, which prosecutors say they are seeking if Sheley is convicted on the ten counts of first-degree murder filed against him, along with a half-dozen other felonies.
The motions were ordered to be filed by April sixth, with a May sixth deadline for responses by the prosecution, and will be considered May 29th.
It was also learned in court that both sides are shooting for a trial sometime between May and October of 2010, with pre-trial motions to be filed by the end of next March.
Sheley also faces murder and other charges in Whiteside County and in Missouri for a half-dozen other murders the alleged spree killer is suspected of committing.
Sheley remains held in the Knox County Jail on 10-million dollars bond. A case management conference will next be held on May fifth.
(Nicholas Sheley is led out of the Knox County Courthouse during a 2008 court appearance. WGIL News File Photo.)
|03 03 09 by Newsroom
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