Jury selection underway in assault case - KMOV.com

Jury selection underway in assault case

GALESBURG, Ill. (AP) -- Jury selection continues in an assault case against a man charged in the 2008 deaths of eight people.

A little over half a jury has been picked to hear the case against 30-year-old Nicholas Sheley, who is on trial on aggravated assault, aggravated battery, and criminal damage to property for throwing pieces of a chair at Knox County Jail employees.

Prior to jury selection Monday, Judge Stephen Mathers denied a motion filed by Public Defender Jim Harrell asking that Sheley be banned from testifying in his own defense, citing mental issues.

Prosecutors countered the defense lawyers, saying to bar Sheley from testifying would violate his Constitutional and due process rights.

Sheley is also charged with the June 2008 killing of six people in Illinois and two in Missouri.

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