MORRISON – Twice-convicted murderer Nicholas Sheley didn’t watch the video Thursday that prosecutors showed of the apartment where he is accused of killing four people.
He looked forward. The video was on the screen to the right.
Prosecutors asked the judge to admit the footage into evidence at Sheley’s trial, which is set to start Jan. 10 in Rock Island County Court.
The video was taken by an officer on July 1, 2008, 2 days after the killings in a second-floor apartment of a complex at 1201 Avenue A in Rock Falls. Authorities removed the bodies before the video in question was taken.
Assistant Attorney General Bill Elward pointed to where the bodies were found – in the hallway, a bedroom, and the living room.
Blood was splattered on the walls – some of which was near the ceiling.
Prosecutors planned to show the footage to a number of witnesses.
Jeremy Karlin, Sheley’s defense attorney, objected to showing the video at trial.
“It will be shown over and over again,” the attorney said. “It shows someone entering the building and going around the building. It can be viewed as a characterization as this is how the defendant walked into the apartment itself.”
Rock Island County Judge Jeffrey O’Connor admitted the video into evidence, despite the objection.
Karlin, however, urged the judge to reserve judgment before seeing all the materials that the prosecutors planned to present to the jury.
The judge stood by his ruling.
Sheley, 34, is facing 15 counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Brock Branson, 29; his fiancee Kilynna Blake, 20; her 2-year-old son, Dayan; and Kenneth Ulve, 25, who were found beaten to death in a Rock Falls apartment 5 years ago.
Sheley already has been convicted of the murders of Ronald Randall, 65, of Galesburg, and Russell Reed, 93, of Sterling. He is serving two life sentences without parole for those murders.
Sheley also is charged in the deaths of Arkansas couple Jill and Tom Estes, both 54, who were killed in Festus, Mo.
The next pretrial hearing is Oct. 25.