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|Ruling Delayed in Sheley's Request to Represent Self in Jailhouse Assault
|POSTED 4:23pm 5/4/09 A Sterling man jailed in Knox County for one of a half-dozen alleged murders in two states still doesn't know if he will be representing himself in the new case filed against him.
29-year old Nicholas Sheley was in Knox County Circuit Court Monday afternoon on his motion to represent himself on charges of Aggravated Battery, Aggravated Assault, and Criminal Damage to Property.
Sheley allegedly got into an altercation April 17th with deputies at the Knox County Jail, allegedly punching deputies and throwing metal chair legs at them when asked to return to his cell from a maximum security day area.
Sheley has since requested to represent himself in that case, but Knox County Judge Dwayne Morrison agreed to give State's Attorney John Pepmeyer more time to respond to the request, saying he hasn't had time to research Sheley's motion, or a response filed by Public Defender Jim Harrell claiming Sheley can't represent himself according to a psychological exam conducted in the capital murder case.
Morrison asked Sheley a number of questions about representing himself prior to that, and later said he had "hesitations" about letting Sheley represent himself. Sheley said, even after briefly discussing the matter with Harrell, "I think I'll just continue on."
Sheley will next be in court May 15th on the motion to represent himself.
Sheley is also facing murder charges for the bludgeoning death of 65-year old Ronald Randall, part of a two-state killing spree almost a year ago. The next hearing in that case is scheduled for May 29th.
(Nicholas Sheley is led out of the Knox County Courthouse during a 2008 hearing. WGIL News File Photo.)
|05 04 09 by Newsroom
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