Trial began Monday, May 19, in Rock Island County for twice-convicted murderer Nicholas Sheley.
A 12-person jury deliberated for almost 4 hours on Thursday, May 29, before reaching a guilty verdict against the Sterling man. Judge Jeffrey O'Connor set Sheley's sentencing for Aug. 11.
Sheley, 34, was found guilty of first-degree murder for the June 28, 2008 deaths of Brock Branson, 29; his fiancée, Kilynna Blake, 20; her 2-year-old son, Dayan; and Kenneth Ulve, 25.
Updates from court (archived):
Thursday, May 29: Trial slowed by defense objections; state hopes to rest today
Tuesday, May 27: State expects to rest case Wednesday in Sheley trial
Saturday, May 24: A day of 'complicated cocktail' of forensic evidence
Friday, May 23: Juror dismissed on Day 4 of Sheley trial
Thursday, May 22: Sheley trial testimony: 'A hammer fits the bill'
Wednesday, May 21: Laying out victims’ final day
Tuesday, May 20: Sheley trial testimony: 'They’re gone. They're all dead.’
Saturday, May 17: Jury selection to continue into Monday
Friday, May 16: 12 jurors selected for Sheley trial; 4 alternates needed
Thursday, May 15: Eight jurors approved; eight more to go
Wednesday, May 14: Slow going in Sheley jury selection
Tuesday, May 13: Day one of Sheley jury selection wraps up
Monday, May 12: Sheley jury selection begins today