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Sheley Trial Day 3: Evidence With Sheley's DNA On It

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Day three for the murder trial of Nicholas Sheley today. He's accused of killing four people in Rock Falls in 2008.

Crime scene investigators took the stand today.

State prosecutors presented a piece of evidence that a witness says has Sheley's DNA on it.

Crime scene investigator , Agent Bethe Hughes of the Illinois State Police described that piece of evidence:

"The left side of the photograph is the burn mark with the ashes and on the floor is a cigarette that was identified as a Newport cigarette butt," said Agent Hughes.

That cigarette butt was taken to a lab where forensic scientist Heather May said the DNA on the cigarette matched the DNA profile of Nicholas Sheley.

Earlier today, another painful day for family members of victims this time autopsy photos of each of the four victims shown to the jury.

Sheley never turned his head to look at the photos, he stared straight ahead for almost the entirety of the trial, rocking in his chair.

Forensic pathologist Dr. Mark Peters took the witness stand. He performed the autopsies back in 2008.

"Those injuries are caused by a hammer," said Dr. Peters. "I've done five autopsies with hammer injuries and I've seen many textbooks of hammer injuries and that's the only way you can get a skull injury like that is with a hammer."

Dr. Peters said all four victims had similar injuries and concluded they all died from blunt trauma to the head.

Day four of the trial continues tomorrow.

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