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|Sheley Makes Court Appearance on Jail Assault Incident
|POSTED 2:18pm 4/23/09 The Sterling man accused of over a half-dozen murders in two states may not want to represent himself in that Knox County case, but he may now that he's been formally charged in connection to an altercation last week at the Knox County Jail.
29-year old Nicholas Sheley appeared via video conference in Knox County Circuit Court Thursday afternoon for his first appearance on three-felony counts of Aggravated Battery, one felony count of Criminal damage to Government-Supported Property, and one-misdemeanor count of Aggravated Assault.
Knox County State's Attorney John Pepmeyer alleges Sheley covered the window and a video camera in the maximum security day area of the Knox County Jail last Friday, and when deputies entered the pod, he allegedly punched one of them, and threw legs he disassembled from a metal chair at three others.
Knox County Judge Dwayne Morrison says he is aware of the murder case awaiting Sheley, but was still intent on setting a separate $250,000 bond in this matter. Morrison also found probable cause and appointed Public Defender Jim Harrell to represent Sheley in the new case.
Sheley, however, told Morrison he wants to represent himself in this case. Morrison says that can be taken up when he makes his first appearance with Harrell Monday at 11 am.
Sheley also stands accused of bludgeoning to death 65-year old Ronald Randall late last June, and faces ten first-degree murder and seven other felony counts in that matter.
Sheley, who's also jailed on $10 million bond in that case, also faces charges for murders in Whiteside County and in Missouri.
(Nicholas Sheley. File Photo.)
|04 23 09 by Newsroom
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