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Juror Dismissed for Comment at Sheley Trial

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ROCK ISLAND, Ill. (AP) — A juror has been dismissed in the trial of a man charged with killing four people in a Rock Falls apartment in 2008.

According to The Rock Island Argus, Judge Jeffrey O’Connor dismissed the man Thursday after learning he said he doesn’t believe 34-year-old Nicholas Sheley’s defense attorney has a case. An alternate juror will take the man’s place.

Another juror told the judge that the male juror had made the comment Wednesday outside court.

Sheley attorney Jeremy Karlin initially asked for a mistrial.

Sheley has pleaded not guilty to killing 29-year-old Brock Branson; 20-year-old Kilynna Blake; her 2-year-old son, Dayan; and 25-year-old Kenneth Ulve.

Sheley is serving life sentences for killing two other Illinois residents the same week and is charged with killing an Arkansas couple in Missouri.

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