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Convicted Killer Nicholas Sheley's Pre-Trial Hearing; Family of Victim Ready For Closure

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Convicted killer Nicholas Sheley appeared in court in Whiteside County today for his last pre-trial hearing.

He is set to go on trial for the deaths of four people in Rock Falls, IL.

In the pre-trial hearing, Sheley's attorney questioned the selection process for the jury, making sure it was fair and impartial.

TV-6 also talked with the family of one of Sheley's accused victims, who say they're looking forward to finally starting the trial that's was supposed to start nearly a year ago.

"We're ready for some closure," father of victim Dallas Branson.

Nearly 6 years ago, Brock Branson, his girlfriend Kilynna Blake, her two year old son Dayan and their friend Kenneth Ulve were found dead in their apartment in Rock Falls.

Brock's father, Dallas Branson said his heart sank when his son's accused killer walked into the courtroom this morning.

"There's not a day goes by that we don't think about our boy and you know, the little girl and the little boy and Kenny," said Branson. "It's just everyday and when it goes this long, you just think about it more and more."

Branson and his family are now looking forward to see the trial finally begin next week.

"I'm kind of excited about getting it going and getting it over with, get that behind us," said Branson.

In court, Sheley's attorney Jeremy Karlin questioned the jury selection process in Rock Island County because that's where the trial will be taking place.

He had argued in the past to move the trial to a different location because too many people in Whiteside County are familiar with the case.

"We've discovered it varies from county to county and it's varied throughout the trials we've had in this case and we wanted to make sure that was fair and truly random," said Karlin.

Chief Judge Jeffrey O'Connor said in court the first group of 100 potential jurors will be brought in next Friday. Both sides also decided to have four alternates because two were dismissed in Sheley's last trial.

This will be Nicholas Sheley's third and final murder trial in Illinois, which will begin next Friday in Rock Island County.

He has plead not guilty to the four deaths in Rock Falls, IL.

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