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|Wait Another 30 Days for Sheley Fitness Exam Results
|A mental fitness exam has yet to be completed in the case of accused spree killer Nicholas Sheley. Sheley was in Knox County Circuit Court Friday morning for a case management conference, along with defense attorneys Jeremy Karlin and Jim Harrell, and State's Attorney John Pepmeyer, along with Illinois Attorney General's Office representatives.
Karlin told Judge James Stewart that the order for assigning Doctor Terry Killian to conduct a fitness exam on Sheley had just been sent out a few days ago, and it's not expected to be ready for another month. The order allowing the mental fitness exam was made in late-September, the wording of which was re-worked earlier this month, and will help determine if Sheley is not only mentally fit to stand trial, but is also competent enough to be able to understand proceedings. Sheley has stated he wants to fire Harrell and Karlin, but that won't be taken up until the fitness exam is done.
Karlin also told the court that additional requests for discovery have been made, and there's no timetable for that discovery to be ready. That likely includes a subpoena WGIL and other media outlets received this week requesting copies of stories aired since Sheley was first listed as wanted for murder.
Pepmeyer told the court that DNA test results on evidence recovered following Sheley's arrest are not yet ready either. The court ordered it to be ready in 60 days, and the fitness exam in 30 days.
It was also learned that Sheley was involved in some sort of incident this week at the Knox County Jail, but details have not been disclosed exactly what happened.
Another case management conference has been scheduled for New Years Eve, but a Return of Subpoena hearing is scheduled for November 19th.
Sheley is in the Knox County Jail on $10 million bond for allegedly bludgeoning to death 65-year old Ronald Randall, and is wanted in connection to two murders outside Saint Louis, along with five in Whiteside County.
(Nicholas Sheley. WGIL News File Photo)
|10 31 08 by Newsroom
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