Judge: Sheley's first murder trial could wrap up next week

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    GALESBURG, Ill. (AP) - The first trial for an Illinois man charged in the deaths of eight people in 2008 might not last six weeks, as was originally thought.

    Nicholas Sheley is on trial in Galesburg in the death of 65-year-old Ronald Randall. A juror asked Judge James Stewart how long the trial is expected to last. After consulting with attorneys, the judge told jurors the trial could end by Wednesday.

    WGIL Radio reports that prosecutor Mike Atterberry told Stewart he expects to rest his case either Friday or by noon Monday. And defense attorney Jeremy Karlin didn't object to jurors being told they'd be needed at least through Wednesday.

    Sheley has also pleaded not guilty in five other killings in Illinois and in the deaths of an Arkansas couple traveling in Missouri.

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