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|Sheley Trial 3pm Update: Photos Being Discussed
|FIRST REPORTED 3:00pm 8/29/11 Some particularly gruesome photos have been discussed in the Knox County case against accused spree killer Nicholas Sheley.
The photos are being discussed Monday afternoon at a hearing outside of the jury on the first official day of the trial to determine whether or not the 32-year old Sterling man did indeed intend to kill 65-year old Ronald Randall. At issue are autopsy photos showing injuries to Randall's head, thigh, rear end, hands, and brain.
Most of the photos are ones that Illinois Assistant Attorney General Bill Elward says will help deescribe both the autopsy process and the extent and degree of injuries Randall allegedly sustained at the hands of Sheley in late-June of 2008.
Randall's family is in court as are victim advocates from the Knox County State's Attorney's Office.
Defense attorney Jeremy Karlin has described many of the photos as "inflammatory," and he says autopsy photos should never be shown to a jury to begin with. Karlin says they're "prejudicial" to his client.
In all, 14 photos are currently being disputed, but more could have been, following an hour-long recess so Karlin could review more.
Karlin also says the state was supposed to get that evidence to him three weeks ago, and didn't.
Sheley faces a dozen different counts including first-degree murder in Knox County.
Around 100 potential jurors filled out questionnaires Monday morning before being excused for the day. Around 30 of them will be brought back Tuesday afternoon.
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|08 29 11 by Newsroom
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