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|Attorneys Not Yet Ready to Argue Change of Venue in Sheley Murder Case
|POSTED 2:46pm 5/5/09 A request to change the venue of the first trial for a Sterling man accused of eight murders in two states isn't ready to be discussed yet after all.
29-year old Nicholas Sheley was in Knox County Circuit Court Tuesday for his second appearance in as many days -- this time, in connection to the alleged bludgeoning death of 65-year old Ronald Randall he was originally charged with.
Sheley and attorneys were in for a scheduled case management conference, but defense attorney Jeremy Karlin told Judge James Stewart his side would not be ready to take up their motion for a change of venue prior to an already-scheduled hearing on May 29th.
Karlin says polling of other counties that could possibly host the trial instead of Knox County has yet to be done, and likely will not be done before the 29th. He says guidance for polling questions has yet to be completed. Both prosecutors and defense agree that the trial on ten first-degree murder and seven other felony counts needs to be held somewhere else, but polling needs to be done first.
What will still be discussed on the 29th is, among other things, is a question about the Constitutionality of the Death Penalty, which prosecutors are seeking.
It was also learned that not all materials related to DNA testing have been finalized yet, but prosecutors say it will be by May 29th.
Sheley remains in the Knox County Jail on $10 million bond in the murder case, plus another $250,000 bond for aggravated battery and other charges related to an alleged assault last month on Knox County Jail employees.
(Nicholas Sheley. File Photo.)
|05 05 09 by Newsroom
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