ROCK ISLAND, Ill. (AP) - Jurors have started deliberations in the case of a man charged with beating four people to death with a hammer in a northwest Illinois apartment in 2008.
Nicholas Sheley has pleaded not guilty to killing 29-year-old Brock Branson; 20-year-old Kilynna Blake; her son, 2-year-old Dayan; and 25-year-old Kenneth Ulve in Rock Falls in June 2008.
The Rock Island Argus reports that jurors began deliberations just before 4 p.m. Thursday.
The 34-year-old Sheley is serving life sentences for killing two other Illinois men and faces trial in two Missouri deaths.
Earlier Thursday a prosecutor said Sheley had left his own DNA in the apartment.
Sheley's ex-wife also testified the two had sex the day of the killings in a truck cab covered in blood.
Information from: The Rock Island Argus.
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