Juror Dismissed in Sheley Murder Trial

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MORRISON, Ill. (AP) -- Nicholas Sheley's murder trial has continued with testimony from the doctor who performed the autopsy on one of the accused spree killer's alleged victims.

The Sterling Daily Gazette reports Dr. Scott Denton on Thursday described the autopsy of 93-year-old Russell Reed of Sterling. Sheley is accused in Reed's death and the killings of seven other people in Illinois and Missouri. He has pleaded not guilty.

Denton said he found defensive wounds on Reed's left hand, dislocated bones, bruises and five broken ribs among other injuries. He told jurors some wounds came from a blunt object.

Thursday is the fourth day of testimony in the trial. Sheley has already been sentenced to life in prison for the bludgeoning death of a Galesburg man.

MORRISON, Ill. (AP) -- The judge in the murder trial of a man accused in a two-state killing spree that left eight people dead has dismissed a juror.

An attorney representing one of the witnesses at Nicholas Sheley's trial said Wednesday that he represented the juror in a divorce case with a pending child support issue.

The Daily Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/PGi1Bz) Rock Island County Judge F. Michael Meersman said divorce is different from being a party in a lawsuit or charged with a crime. But the judge dismissed the male juror anyway. Prosecutors said the issue didn't automatically disqualify the juror. Sheley's defense attorney asked the juror be dismissed for cause.

One of three alternates will take the seat.


Information from: The Daily Gazette, http://www.saukvalley.com

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