Man convicted in six Illinois deaths seeks new Missouri venue
HILLSBORO (AP) - A 35-year-old man serving life sentences for six Illinois slayings requested to move a Missouri murder trial that could lead to his execution.
Nicholas Sheley's request for a venue change said he couldn't get a fair trial in Jefferson County south of St. Louis, where prosecutors intend to seek the death penalty if he's convicted in the killings of Jill and Tom Estes of Sherwood, Arkansas. Police said the couple was attacked outside a Festus hotel after leaving a 2008 graduation party.
Sheley was scheduled to make his first Missouri court appearance Monday, but his arraignment was postponed after the judge stepped down at Sheley's request.
Court records didn't indicate why Circuit Judge Mark Stoll withdrew, but under Missouri law Sheley didn't have to explain why he asked.