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|Documents Released to Attorneys in Sheley Murder Case
|Jailhouse records and transcripts of an interview given by the Sterling man accused of murdering eight people in June, including a local man, are now with both the defense team and the prosecution.
The attorneys for 29-year old Nicholas Sheley presented the documents Wednesday in Knox County Circuit Court during a return of subpoena hearing, which Sheley himself did not attend. Sheley is charged for the murder of 65-year old Ronald Randall of Galesburg in late June, and is suspected in seven other homicides in Whiteside County and Jefferson County, Missouri.
The documents include all jail records involving Sheley; everything from visitor logs, communications made with Sheley, incident reports, medical records and so forth. Sheley's attorneys, Knox County Public Defender Jim Harrell and co-counsel Jeremy Karlin, also received transcripts and a CD of an interview Sheley did with WQAD TV. The state will receive copies of all documents as well.
Harrell and Karlin also filed a motion requesting a case management hearing Friday at 11 a-m, which Judge James Stewart granted.
The court earlier this month appointed Dr. Terry Killian to examine Sheley to determine whether he is mentally fit to stand trial. The findings are to be filed with the court by November 2nd. Sheley has indicated he wants to relieve his two attorneys of their duties in the case and represent himself.
The defense, the prosecution, and Sheley are all under a gag order after Sheley granted interviews to The Associated Press and WQAD, moves the defense and prosecution said compromised the fairness of the trial.
Sheley is charged with 17 felony counts in Knox County, including 10 for the murder of Randall.
(Nicholas Sheley. File Photo)
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