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|June Trial Still Scheduled for Sheley Case
|So far, a June trial is still set for accused murder Nicholas Sheley.
After recently being allowed the opportunity to represent himself, Sheley demanded the right to a speedy trial and Judge James Stewart set the trial for June, which is the earliest Knox County Circuit Court could accommodate.
A hearing Friday morning, however, was held on a motion by the prosecution to reconsider the trial setting.
State's Attorney John Pepmeyer argued a later date, perhaps the first week in September, would give the state and Sheley more time to prepare for the trial.
Judge James Stewart said the motion seemed to be based on two principles, one that a later date would still be within the law of a speedy trial and two that the court never specified how long the defendant would need to prepare for a trial.
Stewart reasoned that because Sheley requested an immediate trial, that suggests he is ready for the event. Pepmeyer countered, however, that the court never inquired as to how long the prosecution would need to prepare for the trial, and that they don't have adequate time to notify witnesses.
Stewart denied the motion saying it had no legal basis and witnesses could be subpoenaed under the law.
The judge, however, added he would hear other motions such as the one the prosecution filed to continue the case though he warned if there is merit for a continuance, it would be attributed to the prosecution.
A hearing for that motion is set for June 1st. Sheley is accused in the 2008 death of 65 year old Galesburg resident Ronald Randall.
(Nicholas Sheley. File Photo.)
|05 20 11 by Newsroom
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