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|Key Dates in Nicholas Sheley Case
|Nicholas Sheley of Sterling has been charged with murder in the deaths of eight people killed in Illinois and Missouri in June 2008. Some of the key dates can be found here.
June 14, 2008 -- Someone forces way into the home of a 90-year-old Sterling woman robs her.
June 23, 2008 -- Warrant is issued for the arrest of Nicholas Sheley in the June 14 robbery.
June 26, 2008 -- Body of 93-year-old Russell Reed is found dead in the trunk of his car in Sterling.
June 30, 2008 -- The bodies Jill and Tom Estes of Arkansas are found at 10:30 a.m. behind a gas station in Festus, Mo. Less than two hours later the body of Ronald Randall of Galesburg is found behind a grocery store there. The same day, the bodies of Brock Branson, 29, Kenneth Ulve, 25, Kilynna Blake, 20, and her son Dayan Blake, 2, are found in an apartment in Rock Falls.
July 1, 2008 -- Sheley arrested at bar in Granite City.
July 3, 2008 -- Sheley is charged in Randall's death.
July 10, 2008 -- Sheley is charged in the Estes' deaths.
Aug. 6, 2008 -- Sheley pleads not guilty in Randall's death.
Sept. 18, 2008 -- Sheley is indicted in the Rock Falls killings.
Sept. 24, 2008 -- A judge issues a gag order after a jailhouse interview with Sheley.
Dec. 22, 2008 -- Sheley is found fit to stand trial.
April 17, 2009 -- Sheley attacks jail guards at Knox County jail in Galesburg with legs removed from metal chairs.
Oct. 30, 2009 -- Sheley is sentenced to seven years in prison after conviction for assaulting jail guards in Galesburg.
March 29, 2011 -- Prosecutors formally drop pursuit of death penalty for Sheley after Gov. Pat Quinn abolishes the sentence in Illinois.
April 25 2011 -- Judges grants Sheley's request to represent himself.
July 20, 2011 -- Judge agrees to Sheley's request to again work with a lawyer in his defense.
Aug. 29. 2011 -- Sheley is scheduled for trial in Randall killing. Other trials have yet to be scheduled.
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