UPDATE: Jury selection continues in Sheley murder trial

By: The AP
By: The AP

MORRISON, Ill. (AP) -- Two more jurors have been selected for the second trial of a man accused in the 2008 killing of eight people in Illinois and Missouri.

With the selection Tuesday of a man and woman, six people have been chosen to hear the trial of Nicholas Sheley. Jury selection continues Wednesday.

The (Sterling) Daily Gazette reports defense attorney Jeremy Karlin used all seven of his peremptory challenges, which allow attorneys to dismiss a potential juror without cause. Judge F. Michael Meersman denied Karlin's request for more challenges. Karlin cited media coverage in his request.

Sheley has pleaded not guilty in the slaying of 93-year-old Russell Reed of Sterling. He's already been convicted in the murder of a 65-year-old Galesburg man, and faces trials in the deaths of six others.



MORRISON, Ill. (AP) -- Four jurors were chosen during the first day of jury selection at the next trial of a man accused of killing eight people.

The Daily Gazette in Sterling reports proceedings started Monday in Nicholas Sheley's trial. Two men and two women were chosen as jurors, including a retired business owner, a preschool teacher, a former volunteer firefighter and a farmer. Attorneys and the judge questioned 20 potential jurors. Twelve jurors and three alternates are needed.

Sheley is accused of killing eight people in Illinois and Missouri in June 2008.

Sheley has pleaded not guilty in the slaying of 93-year-old Russell Reed of Sterling. Sheley has already been convicted in the murder of a 65-year-old Galesburg man, and he faces trials in the deaths of six others.


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