Judge wants mental evaluation of murder suspect

Friday, September 26, 2008 | 3:57 p.m. CDT

GALESBURG, Ill. — A judge has given attorneys until next Wednesday to agree on an expert to evaluate whether an Illinois man charged with killing eight people is fit to stand trial in one of those cases.

Knox County Judge James Stewart told attorneys in a Galesburg courtroom on Friday that if they can't agree, he'll pick someone to evaluate Nicholas Sheley. The judge wants a report by the end of October.

Sheley is charged with murder in the June death of 65-year old Ronald Randall of Galesburg.

The 29-year-old Sheley, who is from Sterling, is also charged with murder in five other June killings in Whiteside County and two in Missouri.

The judge also granted Sheley's attorneys more time to go through documents. Sheley has complained about delays and has asked to represent himself.


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