MORRISON, Illinois — Accused spree killer Nicholas Sheley's attorney has asked a judge to ban mention of other killings at his next murder trial.
Sheley is accused of killing eight people in 2008 and has been convicted of murder twice. He's scheduled to stand trial in October for four Rock Falls killings. Sheley's defense attorney, Jeremy Karlin, argued during a Thursday hearing that the October trial should focus on the Rock Falls killings and not others.
But The (Sterling) Daily Gazette reports that prosecutors argued the evidence is intertwined. The judge sided with prosecutors, but said he could exclude certain evidence.
The judge on Thursday also granted a prosecution request for Sheley to wear a waist belt during the trial. The judge also decided to allow cameras during pre-trial hearings and the trial.
Information from: The Daily Gazette, http://www.saukvalley.com