DNA Evidence Focus of Sheley Trial

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ROCK FALLS, Ill. (AP) -- Testimony at the trial of a man accused in the 2008 beating deaths of four people in northwest Illinois centered mostly on DNA evidence.

Nicholas Sheley is charged in the slayings of two men, a woman and a toddler in a Rock Falls apartment.

The Daily Gazette reports Anne Kwiatkowski of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department crime lab was on the witness stand for several hours Wednesday, testifying about tests on swabs taken from clothing and other items recovered by investigators.

Continuous objections by defense attorney Jeremy Karlin over how he could effectively cross-examine Kwiatkowski caused her long stay on the stand.

Sheley has pleaded not guilty to the June 28, 2008 killings. He's been convicted of killing two Illinois men and is charged in two deaths in Missouri.

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