GALESBURG – A man accused of killing eight people in Illinois and Missouri won’t face a second trial for aggravated battery after the case against him was dismissed.
Nicholas Sheley is accused of killing eight people in 2008.
He’s been convicted of killing a 65-year-old Galesburg man, and his second murder trial is scheduled for September.
In the battery case, Sheley was sentenced to seven years in prison after prosecutors accused him of dismantling a Knox County jail chair and throwing its legs at a guard.
An appeals court, however, ruled the trial court erred in finding Sheley suffered from a “severe mental illness” that prevented him from preparing his own defense.
The (Galesburg) Register-Mail reported that Sheley wasn’t in court Monday when the dismissal was granted.