A witness testified in Whiteside County court yesterday that 33-year old Nicholas Sheley of Sterling had written in a letter that he planned to plead guilty in the killing of an elderly farmer.
The letter was sent to attorney Janet Buttron in July of 2009 as she was representing Sheley's brother in the case. The letter indicated that Joshua Sheley was not involved in the murder of 93-year old Russell Reed of Sterling.
Nicholas Sheley has been charged with the killing of the elderly man. Friday was the 5th day of testimony in the trial.
Sheley's attorney said that he did not mean what he wrote in the letter and that he intended to get his brother out of trouble.
Testimony will continue Monday in Morrison.
Sheley has already been convicted in the death of a Galesburg man during the killing spree of 2008. He has also been charged with 6 other murders.