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Nicholas Sheley, Illinois Killing Spree Suspect, Battery Case Dismissed

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NICHOLAS SHELEY ILLINOIS KILLING SPREE
Nicholas Sheley discusses his case with an Associated Press reporter on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2008 at the Knox County Law Enforcement Center in Galesburg. Sheley was charged with killing eight people during a two-state June rampage. (AP Photo/Bill Gaither) | AP

GALESBURG, Ill. -- 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 (SHEE'-lee) 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.

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