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The judge in the murder trial of Nicholas Sheley denied a request for a mistrial again today.

Defense attorney Jeremy Karlin asked for the mistrial today, after saying Judge O'Connor fell asleep during testimony on Friday.

There are four people at the center of this case, Kilynna Blake and her son Dayun, Ki's boyfriend Brock Branson and their friend Kenneth Ulve were murdered in a Rock Falls apartment back in 2008.

Testimony took us to Missouri today... where many of the witnesses encountered Nicholas Sheley.

One of them is a manager at a Steak N' Shake in Festus, Missouri who tried to serve Sheley back in 2008. He said Sheley looked like he hadn't gotten any sleep.

"Very bloodshot eyes, and like I said very fidgety, very upset," said witness Scott Leftridge. "He seemed very out of place and it was really awkward."

Police officers and crime scene investigators from St. Louis also took the stand, one who discovered Ronald Randall's pick-up truck in Missouri. Randall is the Galesburg, IL man Sheley has already been convicted of murdering.

The police officer said the passenger seat looked to be soaked in blood.

And there was also more DNA evidence presented to the jury, this time a work shirt and shorts collected from the Rock Falls apartment where the four victims were killed.

On that clothing a forensic scientist found Ronald Randall, Kenneth Ulve and Nicholas Sheley's DNA.

State prosecutors said they will have a full day of testimony tomorrow. Sheley's ex-wife Holly is expected to take the stand and we could be hearing closing arguments by Thursday.

Sheley's sister, Heidi, also testified today. She talked about a picture he sent her after the murders, a picture that showed him wearing Brock Branson's shirt in St. Louis, MO.

She also talked about Sheley's then-wife Holly showing up at her apartment covered in blood. Holly had testified in other trials that Sheley picked her up and she sat in blood. Holly takes the stand tomorrow.

Sheley was previously convicted in the murders of Ronald Randall of Galesburg and Russell Reed of Sterling.

He still faces charges in the deaths of an Arkansas couple, Tom and Jill Estes, whose bodies were found in Missouri.

As the trial continues in Rock Island, you can follow the developments on Twitter @KWQCNEWS.

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