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|Delay Granted in Sheley Case
|The first delay in the start of the trial for accused spree killer Nicholas Sheley has been granted -- first, since Sheley officially started representing himself.
Knox County Circuit Court Judge James Stewart Wednesday said the trial, which was to have started June 20th, will now start August 29th, quote, "for sure."
The delay was first requested by prosecutors in the case -- made, they say, because key witnesses including a Galesburg Police lieutenant and others, all have planned vacations this month and next.
That was the easy part. What came before that was what almost became a back-and-forth between Sheley, Stewart, and Assistant Attorney General Bill Elward.
Sheley initially refused to accept some just-filed documents in the case, because he claims they weren't being delivered to him in a timely manner by warden of the Stateville Correctional Center in Joliet, so he couldn't properly prepare to represent himself.
Sheley then accused prosecutors of conspiring with the Illinois Department of Corrections to keep those documents away from him, and that the equipment he was given to review other evidence in the case doesn't work.
Elward denied the allegations, and said Sheley's actions Wednesday were tantamount to creating a circus.
Stewart then suggested Sheley file his grievances in the form of motions if he could prove them.
Another hearing in the case is scheduled for Monday. Sheley allegedly killed and stole the truck of 65 year old Ronald Randall almost three-years ago as part of an alleged two-state killing spree.
|06 02 11 by Newsroom
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