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Trial Begins For Accused Mass Murderer From Sterling

Posted by wlpo on October 29, 2012

MORRISON, Ill. (AP) – Attorneys are set to deliver opening statements in the second trial of a Sterling man accused in the 2008 killings of eight people in Illinois and Missouri.

Nicholas Sheley is accused of killing 93-year-old Russell Reed of Sterling and stealing from him.  Prosecutors allege Sheley killed Reed in his home and stole his wallet and car on June 23, 2008. His body was found in the trunk of his car three days later. Sheley has pleaded not guilty.

Jury selection ended Friday. Jurors include certified nursing assistant, a retiree and a farmer.

Sheley has already been convicted in the murder of a Galesburg man and faces trials in six other deaths.

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