Cameras Didn't Cause Big Problems in Sheley Trial

By: The AP
By: The AP

MORRISON, Ill. (AP) -- Attorneys involved in a murder trial that played out in front of cameras say things went smoothly, although they're raising concerns that will certainly come up again as Illinois' pilot program to allow cameras in courtrooms goes forward.

The Quad-City Times reports that Whiteside County State's Attorney Gary Spencer says he doesn't think cameras interfered with the state's ability to give Nicholas Sheley (SHEE'-lee) a fair trial. After Sheley was convicted last week in the slaying of an elderly man, Spencer did say one witness refused to testify in front of the cameras.

Sheley's attorney, Jeremy Karlin, worries the coverage of Sheley's trial will make it more difficult to seat a jury in his next trial -- which involves four people found dead in a Rock Falls apartment.

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Information from: Quad-City Times, http://www.qctimes.com


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