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|Sheley Trial Pushed Back Again
|POSTED 2:51pm 4/29/10 It's official -- it will be at least two-and-a-half years after the first deaths are alleged to have occurred before the first trial in the case of accused spree killer Nicholas Sheley will begin.
Sheley was in Knox County Circuit Court Thursday afternoon for a case management conference.
It was where attorneys and Judge James Stewart agreed that the trial would likely be held in February or March of next year. Stewart had been shooting for a trial sometime between May and October on the 10 first-degree murder and half-dozen other felony charges the Sterling man faces in connection to the late-June 2008 death of 65-year old Ronald Randall.
But the new date was agreed upon after Stewart said there have so far been few motions decided in the case, and anticipated more coming.
Defense attorney Jeremy Karlin, who just got new co-counsel in Anthony Vaupel, told Stewart, "I don't see any way how we can be ready."
Also yet to be decided is specifically what evidence relating to other crimes Sheley is accused of committing that will be allowed in the local trial.
The prosecution is to file their responses to that by the end of June, while the defense has until the end of July.
Stewart also asked Karlin to have on file by the end of June what he expects his defense to be.
Karlin wasn't happy with that, saying the other crimes evidence and other things won't be in his hands yet.
Sheley is currently lodged in the Pontiac Correctional Center after being convicted last year of an assault in the Knox County Jail.
|04 29 10 by Newsroom
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