Suspect in 8 murders dissatisfied with attorneys
Fri, 12 Sep 2008 14:43:12 GMT — A man suspected in a gruesome beating spree in June that left eight dead in Illinois and Missouri says he isn't happy with his attorneys and is mentally fit to stand trial. Nicholas Sheley asked to address Circuit Judge James Stewart during a status hearing Thursday. The 29-year-old accused his attorneys of "fast lawyer talk." He asked the judge if he had a say in legal decisions and if he is allowed his own copies of discovery documents. Sheley also said a fitness hearing isn't necessary because he's aware of the charges and what could happen to him. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty in the death of 65-year-old Ronald Randall of Galesburg. Sheley is also charged in the June deaths of a 93-year-old man in Sterling and an Arkansas couple found dead in Jefferson County, Missouri. He is also suspected in the killings of four people in Rock Falls.