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|Sheley Changes Mind About Representing Self in Jail Assault Case
|POSTED 4:18pm 5/15/09 Nicholas Sheley has changed his mind for a second time since being held in Knox County about whether or not he wants to represent himself in a criminal case here.
Sheley was in Knox County Circuit Court Friday afternoon for a hearing on Sheley's motion to represent himself on felony charges of Aggravated Battery and Criminal Damage to Property, and a Misdemeanor charge of Aggravated Assault.
However, several minutes after Public Defender Jim Harrell and State's Attorney John Pepmeyer were discussing the motion, and their arguments citing psychological exams to the contrary from the felony murder case Sheley also faces, Judge Dwayne Morrison asked Sheley if it was still his wish to represent himself.
Sheley responded, "I'll accept the assistance of counsel."
This is similar to what happened after Sheley was first charged with ten counts of first-degree murder for the alleged bludgeoning death of 65-year old Ronald Randall as part of a two-state killing spree -- he originally wanted to fire his counsel and represent himself but later changed his mind.
Sheley was indicted by a grand jury earlier this week on allegations he threw three legs of a metal chair at employees during an altercation at the Knox County Jail April 17th, and allegedly punched another.
Morrison Friday announced that at the time of the grand jury indictment, Sheley's bond in that case had been increased from $250,000, to $500,000. Sheley also remains held on $10 million bond for the murder case.
An arraignment will be held next Thursday afternoon on the assault charges.
(Nicholas Sheley. File Photo.)
|05 15 09 by Newsroom
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