In issuing the order during an emergency hearing Wednesday, Knox County Circuit Judge James Stewart agreed with prosecutors that Nicholas Sheley's interview with The Associated Press compromised the fairness and integrity of the trial.
Stewart says he'll lift the gag order if Sheley is found competent to stand trial.
Sheley's charged with bludgeoning to death six people in Illinois and two people in Missouri. He told the AP he hasn't discussed the facts of the case with his public defenders, whom he accused of trying to stall his trial.
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