Friday, September 19, 2008

Nicholas Sheley charged in 4 more deaths.

Nicholas Sheley has now been charged in all 8 deaths connected to an alleged two-state killing spree in late June.

According to the Illinois Attorney Generals office, a grand jury has indicted Sheley in the deaths of four people found in a Rock Falls, Illinois apartment on June 30, 2008.

The indictment consists of 15 counts of first-degree murder for the deaths of Kilynna Blake, 20, of Cedar City, Utah - her son Dayan Blake, 2, of Cedar City, Utah - her fiancé Brock Branson, 29, of Rock Falls - and Kenneth Ulve Jr., 25, of Rock Falls. They all died of multiple blunt force trauma to the head. Three of the 15 counts allege that one of the victims was younger than 12 years and his death resulted from exceptionally brutal or heinous behavior indicative of wanton cruelty. Spencer has 120 days after arraignment to decide whether to seek the death penalty. Bond in Whiteside County has been set at $100,000,000.

Sheley previously had been charged with four other killings.

Sheley is facing 17 charges in Knox County in the beating death of 65-year-old Ronald Randall and faces the death penalty if convicted.

He also is charged in Whiteside County with five counts of first-degree murder in the death of Russell Reed, 93, of Sterling and faces murder charges in Missouri in the deaths of Jill and Tom Estes of Sherwood, Ark.

After telling the court at a Sept. 11 hearing that he was dissatisfied with current defense attorney’s Jim Harrell and Jeremy Karlin, Ninth Circuit Judge James Stewart told Sheley to write a motion specifically detailing the issues he has with his attorneys and whether he wishes to represent himself.
As of noon Thursday, that motion had not been received in the Knox County Circuit Clerk’s office. A hearing in anticipation of that motion and a matter of what side the delay will be attributed to is scheduled for today. I will be attending this hearing and will let you know what happens.
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