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|Sheley Change of Venue Hearing Date Set
|It will be November when a Knox County judge will hear arguments from both side on why they feel a change of venue is needed in the case of accused spree killer Nicholas Sheley.
Knox County Circuit Court Judge James Stewart Tuesday set a date of November sixth for the hearing on a change of venue in Sheley's local murder case.
Sheley was arrested over a year now, and faces 10 felony first-degree murder charges, along with a half-dozen other felonies, for the alleged bludgeoning death of 65-year old Ronald Randall. He's also suspected of murders in Whiteside County and in Missouri.
The date was scheduled after defense attorney Jeremy Karlin his second subpoena of Illinois media outlets was responded to by a number of organizations including WGIL, but hasn't yet been responded to by at least one Peoria television station and several newspapers.
Stewart set an August 21st deadline for the state to prepare their response to the change of venue motion, along with any supporting caselaw.
Both sides have agreed a change of venue is needed, but Stewart says he wants to hold hearings on the matter in order to make a final determination.
Sheley's attorneys claim in the change of venue motion, that coverage of the case by WGIL, the Register-Mail, and other media outlets, is inaccurate and biased, and that a recent telephone survey proves a fair jury can't be found here.
Sheley will next be in court in the murder case September 29th, when a hearing on a motion to dismiss several charges will be heard.
Sheley's other Knox County case, one stemming from an alleged assault at the Knox County Jail, will be discussed again in August, after a pre-trial hearing Monday was continued.
(Nicholas Sheley. WGIL News File Photo.)
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