Nicholas Sheley of Sterling told a judge he has changed his mind and wants to keep his attorneys on the case. The 29-year-old Sheley faces first-degree murder charges and had wanted to hire private counsel.
Sheley is charged with the June bludgeoning deaths of six people in Illinois and a couple from Sherwood, Arkansas, in Missouri. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges and is being held on $10 million bond in the Knox County jail.
The court has held several hearings on the subject of Sheley's attorneys. He has filed motions saying they were ineffective, not following his instructions to ensure he had a speedy trial, and he wanted to represent himself or hire a private attorney.
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