Cameras allowed for Sheley trial in Whiteside County

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Cameras will be allowed in the courtroom for the trial of a man accused of killing eight people.

Nicholas Sheley, 32, was to go on trial in Whiteside County on March 5, 2012 for the Sterling, Illinois murder of Russell Reed, 93.

Sheley is currently serving life in prison after being convicted September 19, 2011 for killing Ronald Randall of Galesburg.   Sheley is accused of killing eight people in two states.

Attorneys had argued that allowing cameras in court would impede his ability to get a fair trial.  The arguments came on the heels of the Illinois Supreme Court recently ruling to allow cameras in Illinois courts.

Judge Jeffrey O’Connor denied the motion, saying allowing the cameras in court won’t make any difference in jury selection.

Citing a complicated preparation process, Sheley’s defense team was granted a continuance, with a new trial date set for June 11, 2012.