MORRISON, Ill. (AP/KMOX) – The second trial of Nicholas Sheley, a western Illinois man currently serving two life sentences for murder, is to get underway next month.
A final pretrial hearing was held in Whiteside County Circuit Court for Sheley. He is to stand trial for the June 2008 murders of 29-year-old Brock Branson, his fiancee, 20-year-old, Kilynna Blake, her 2-year-old son, Dayan; and 25-year-old Kenneth Ulve. Their bodies were found in Rock Falls two days after the shootings.
The jury coordinator for Rock Island County Circuit Court says four hundred summonses were sent to prospective jurors. Judge Jeffrey O’Connor says he expects to assemble prospective jurors on May 9 for a brief orientation and the start of jury selection.
Sheley’s attorney and the prosecution have agreed the jury should not hear about a statement Sheley made to police in Granite City on the day of his arrest in July 2008. Thats when he allegedly said “I’ve done a lot of bad things in my life but I hope God will forgive me.”
Sheley is accused in the deaths of eight people in Illinois and Missouri.
Sheley has yet to face a trial for the deaths of a man an woman in Festus. The were from Arkansas and in town to attend a graduation. Their bodies were found behind a Festus gas station.
The day before his arrest, Sheley attended a Cardinals baseball game and asked someone at the ballpark to let his use his cell phone. Sheley then requested the phone numbers be deleted. Police however were able to trace the numbers to an alleged drug house in Kirkwood. The next day Sheley was arrested at a Granite City bar.