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Sheley Trial Moved To Rock Island County


A Whiteside County court has agreed with the change of venue request from Nicholas Sheley's attorney. The court determined that a fair trial may be had in Rock Island County.

"The trial proceedings should be conducted in Rock Island, Illinois, and shall commence on October 15, 2013 at 8:30 a.m."

In March, 2013, Sheley's attorney, Jeremy Karlin, filed for the change of venue.

Karlin says too many people in the area are familiar with the case, making it difficult to find a fair and impartial jury.

This is the second murder trial for Nicholas Sheley in Whiteside County. He has pled not guilty for the deaths of four Rock Falls residents. Moving the trial from Whiteside County to Rock Island County will mean a lot of preparation and working with several state departments.

"I think we're up to the task," says Rock Island County Sheriff Jeff Boyd, "I think as long as he's able to get a fair trial here justice will be served."

One of the biggest priorities before the Nicholas Sheley trial will be security.

"We always plan for the worst, so the answer to that question is we would bump up some of our security," adds Sheriff Boyd.

Increased security measures will be discussed during the planning process that will start this summer. The Illinois Department of Corrections will be involved  and will help decide what prison or jail Sheley will stay in.

"They will decide whether or not to transport him here everyday or if there's breaks in action if he should stays with us," says the RICO Sheriff, "Those are details that we have to work out."

There's been a lot of debate recently about the Rock Island County Courthouse not meeting state and federal standards. However, that will not be an issue. Sheley's trial will be held in the newer portion of the courthouse.

"The advantage that we have there is once he's in the building he never has to leave the building to make it to the courtroom where the trial will take place," says Sheriff Boyd.

Nicholas Sheley's alleged killing spree, that has resulted in 2 convictions, made national headlines. Part of the preparations will be getting ready for the attention the trial will bring.

"We're going to anticipate that the trial's going to draw a lot of people and media attention," adds Sheriff Boyd, "There will also be cameras in the courtroom and that's relatively new for us. It's something we're going to have to plan for also."

Making sure everything is secure when the trial starts will mean more manpower. The rock Island County Sheriff's department will be responsible for the costs.

"I do not believe it's reimbursable, but it's not uncommon for trials to be moved. We do plan for that in our budget at the beginning of the year," says the Sheriff.

All of Sheley's pre-trial hearings will be held in Whiteside County. The trial will get underway in Rock Island County court on October 15th.

Sheley was sentenced to life in prison for murdering Russell Reed of Sterling. He was also convicted and sentenced to life for the murder of Ronald Randall of Galesburg. Sheley is facing murder charges in Missouri for allegedly killing an Arkansas couple.

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