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|Accused Spree Killer Remains Among Top Stories
|A criminal case that started two and a half years ago and still remains unresolved is among our top local stories of 2010.
Knox County Circuit Court Judge James Stewart said earlier this month he wanted to see the local murder case against accused spree killer Nicholoas Sheley go to trial next year. Then again, at one point, Stewart also said he wanted to see the case go to trial this year.
Sheley was arrested in late-June of 2008 for the suspected bludgeoning death of 65 year old Ronald Randall, and but is also accused in a half-dozen other murders believed to have been committed in Whiteside County, and in Missouri.
The year started with Knox County Public Defender Jim Harrell withdrawing from the case, after he claimed in court filings that he and Sheley just can't communicate anymore, likely a result of Sheley's 2009 conviction in connection to an assault on employees of the Knox County Jail.
Sheley was later replaced with Galesburg attorney Tony Vaupel alongside lead counsel Jeremy Karlin.
Later in the year, Karlin requested a special prosecutor to be appointed to handle allegations that a court order allowing Sheley to be transported for testing and other means was violated.
Other motions and court hearings to that regard were held this year, some open to the public and media, many closed.
The year ended with Stewart denying a defense motion to have a separate jury picked for sentencing should Sheley be found guilty.
The next scheduled hearing in the Sheley case is March 15th.
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