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Nicholas Sheley Found Guilty On All Counts

Posted: Updated: Jun 05, 2014 10:43 PM
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UPDATE:  Nicholas  has been found guilty of first degree murder in the deaths of Brock Branson, Kenneth Ulve, Kilynna and Dayan Blake.

This was the longest time it's taken a jury so far, compared to Sheley's other trials, one for the murder of Russell Reed and the other in the death of Ronald Randall.  

Here's what the attorneys had to say before the jury headed into deliberations.  

"If you stead yourself against emotion, maybe outrage or sympathy, then the law will you tell you that Mr. Sheley is not guilty of these charges and you will be doing your duty," said defense attorney Jeremy Karlin.

Steve Nate, Assistant Attorney General  said, "He walked in that door and the defendant ambushed them, he hits them on the head and they go down on their hands and knees. They're on their hands and knees as the defendant is beating them over, and over."

 Prosecutors say Sheley had "unfinished business" with one of the victims -- Brock Branson, because Branson had an affair with Sheley's then-wife, Holly.  

They say Sheley went to Branson's apartment in Rock Falls and found Kenneth Ulve there alone, killing him with a hammer. That's when Sheley laid in wait for the others to come home including, Branson, Kilynna Blake and her two-year-old son, Dayan.  

Sheley's defense attorney says the state hasn't met its burden of proof -- mostly that the DNA evidence that the prosecution has presented has not been reliable enough to show Sheley is guilty. 
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