Mass Murder Spree Suspect Charged with Whiteside County Murder

2:02 PM, Jul 2, 2008   |    comments
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KSDK --  The suspect in a mass murder spree could be transferred from the Madison County Jail to Knox County, Illinois authorities sometime Wednesday or Thursday.

Nicholas Sheley made a video court appearance in Madison County Wednesday afternoon.

During the proceeding, a judge read Sheley the charges he faces in Knox County in connection to the death of Ronald Randall in Galesburg, Illinois. Prosecutors charged Sheley with first-degree murder, aggravated battery, vehicular hijacking and two counts of theft.

Knox County authorities are expected to pick-up Sheley either Wednesday or Thursday to take him back to Knox County.

Whiteside County Prosecutors charged Sheley Wednesday with first-degree murder in the death of Russell R. Reed on June 24.

Nicholas Sheley, 28, was taken into police custody around 7:00 p.m. Tuesday after several people spotted him at a Granite City, Illinois bar Tuesday night.

Sheley is expected to be charged in eight murders in Missouri and Illinois.

According to the FBI, Sheley is also suspected of murdering Tom and Jill Esres in Festus, Missouri, and Kilynna Blacke, Daylan Blake, Brock Branson and Kenneth Ulve Jr. in Rock Falls, Ill.

Federal investigators say all eight victims were killed by blunt force trauma to the head.

Sheley is also wanted for a home invasion in Sterling, Illinois and on federal charges for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.

Three people in the Rock Falls area have been charged with obstructing justice for allegedly helping Sheley up in western Illinois.


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