MORRISON, Illinois — The next trial for twice-convicted killer Nicholas Sheley is being postponed once more.
The 34-year-old from Sterling had been set to stand trial starting Jan. 10 in Rock Island County. But the proceedings now won't begin until the spring after Sheley's lawyer, Jeremy Karlin, said the defense team needed more time to review evidence in the case, according to a report (http://bit.ly/1eVnwVQ ) in The (Sterling) Daily Gazette.
Karlin said the defense's DNA expert needs to review nearly 300 samples from three different crime labs.
FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2013 file photo Nicholas Sheley is led into a Whiteside County courtroom in Morrison, Ill. The next trial for twice-convicted killer Nicholas Sheley is being postponed once more. The 34-year-old from Sterling had been set to stand trial in January 2014 in Rock Island County, but now the proceedings now won't begin until May. Sheley is currently serving two life sentences for the deaths of Russell Reed of Sterling and Ronald Randall of Galesburg. Sheley faces first-degree murders charges for four people killed in Rock Falls. He is also is charged in the deaths of an Arkansas couple who were killed in Festus, Mo. (AP Photo/Sauk Valley Media, Alex T. Paschal, Pool, File)
Jury selection is now set for May 12, while testimony is set to begin May 19. The trial was initially scheduled for October, before being postponed to January.
Sheley is facing 15 counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of 29-year-old Brock Branson, his 20-year-old fiancee, Kilynna Blake, and 2-year-old son Dayan. He will also be tried in the death of 25-year-old Kenneth Ulve. Their bodies were found in an apartment in Rock Falls in 2008.
Altogether, the 34-year-old is accused of killing eight people in 2008 and has been convicted of murder twice. He is serving two life sentences without parole for the deaths of Russell Reed of Sterling and Ronald Randall of Galesburg.
Information from: The Daily Gazette, http://www.saukvalley.com
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