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Rock Island Co. Sheriff's Office Prepares Security Plans For Nicholas Sheley Trial

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The Rock Island County Sheriff and his staff have been preparing security for Nicholas Sheley's trial for almost a year now. It will take place at the Justice Center in Rock Island, IL.

"We don't anticipate any problems within the courtroom, we're just trying to plan for outside of the courtroom," said Sheriff Jeff Boyd.

He said the actual concern with Sheley in the courtroom are minimal, but everyone entering it will have to have approved credentials including families of the victims so the Sheriff's Office knows exactly who's there, each day.

"All of the people and the family members and the interested public that wants to see some of the trial, that's where it presents some difficulties and some challenges, that we're planning for," said Sheriff Boyd.

Sheley will be restrained in a way that won't cause prejudice in the eyes of the jurors, but Sheriff Boyd said there will be extra manpower present.

"You have a person that's been accused of a notorious crime, so with that sort of kind of attention you have to plan for some things that normally wouldn't happen in your run of the mill battery case or aggravated battery case," said Sheriff Boyd.

And there is the issue of cameras being allowed in the courtroom.

"Having a camera in there and having an overflow room so people can kind of watch and listen and do what they need to do from an area outside of the courtroom," said Sheriff Boyd. "I do anticipate will alleviate a lot of the pressure from the courtroom itself."

He also said they've had Sheley in Rock Island before for multiple hearings, so they've already had a few dry-runs with Sheley himself.

"I think it'll run real smooth, but we're kind of waiting to see just how many people show up," said Sheriff Boyd.

He said on a daily basis Sheley will be brought in to the Justice Center by the Department of Corrections, where the Rock Island County Sheriff's Office will then take custody of him during the trial. Where Sheley will be staying will remain unknown to the public.

Chief Judge Jeff O'Connor said the trial will probably last less than 10 days, because there's a lot of DNA evidence being presented.

Sheley will be on trial for the third time accused of killing four people from Rock Falls, IL, including a two year old boy.

Sheley's been convicted of murder twice already.

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