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THE SHELEY TRIAL | JURY SELECTION
LEE COUNTY COURTS | MURDER TRIAL, DAY 1
Belligerent bloodshed? Eight
in, eight to go Defense requests new judge, citing selection process BY CHRISTI WARREN email@example.com 800-798-4085, ext. 5521
Photos by Alex T. Paschalfirstname.lastname@example.org
Matthew Welling sits down in court Wednesday morning, as his trial in the murder of Delmar “Leroy” Daniels begins. Welling remained stoic throughout Day 1, occasionally rocking in his chair, and scarcely consulted his attorney.
Welling drunk, witnesses say; Daniels’ wounds extensive (CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT) Lisa O’Connell testifies that she stopped to check on her father, Delmar “Leroy” Daniels, only to find a gruesome crime scene.
BY KATHLEEN A. SCHULTZ email@example.com 800-798-4085, ext. 5535
DIXON – If proven true, in the annals of senseless murders, this one will rank as one of the most needless, bloody and bizarre. It was 2 in the morning, and Leroy Daniels, who had lived all his life in this friendly little town, who had family living so close by that they drove past his home every day on their way back and forth to work, did what a lot of country folks might do. He answered a knock on the door.
Lindsey Glenn, who was with a group of friends at an Amboy bar that Welling was at the night of the murder, testifies. James McCallister testifies that he prevented Welling from leaving in a car with the passed out Glenn.
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ROCK ISLAND – With the selection of four jurors Wednesday, eight people have been approved to serve during the upcoming murder trial of Nicholas Sheley – four women and four men. Those accepted Wednesday included three men and one woman: a welding supervisor at Rock Island Arsenal, a retired postal worker, a quality assurance worker, and a heavy equipment operator. Attorneys will need to approve Jeffrey eight more O’Connor jurors, including four alternates, Judge swiftly before the trial denies three can start. Since requests made by Sheley, Monday, 56 peoincluding one for ple have been a new judge questioned. Sheley, 34, of Sterling, is standing trial for four deaths in Rock Falls in 2008. The trial was moved to Rock Island County. Before questioning began Wednesday morning, Judge Jeffrey O’Connor quickly denied three requests by Sheley to have his charges dismissed, to get a new judge, and to have the trial continued.
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Go to saukvalley. com to watch videos of opening statements and some testimony Wednesday in the Matthew Welling murder trial.
Follow on Twitter Sauk Valley Media reporter Christi Warren (@SeaWarren) will be tweeting live from the courtroom this morning and throughout the trial.
LEE COUNTY | TRANSPORTATION
Former LOTS official under investigation Assistant director resigns, but receives unemployment BY DAVID GIULIANI firstname.lastname@example.org 800-798-4085, ext. 5525
DIXON – A former employee of the Lee-Ogle Transportation System is under investigation, although officials aren’t giving details. Kathy Lalley, assistant director for LOTS, resigned March 19, after giving her notice a few days before. Both Lee County State’s Attorney Anna Sacco-Miller and Sheriff John Varga referred to investigative reports regarding Lalley in communications with Sauk Valley Media.
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Last week, SVM sought documents related to an investigation of Lalley. Sacco-Miller released Lalley’s resignation letter and employment contract Wednesday, but not other records. “Once the investigative reports have been reviewed by another prosecuting agency and a decision regarding charging has been made, the remainder of the documents will be made available,” she wrote. On March 14, Lalley hand-delivered her resignation letter to County Board Chairman Rick Ketchum,
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D-Amboy. In it, she wrote, “I have decided to resign my employment with Lee County, effective March 19, 2014. “For payroll purposes, I understand that it might be easier for the county if I use personal time for March 17 and 18, and I am willing to do that, provided that the county not contest my application for unemployment benefits,” she wrote. She called it a “private personnel matter,” requesting the county keep her resignation confidential until March 19. DEAR ABBY ......... A7 LOTTERY ............. A2 OBITUARIES ........ A4
“I have enjoyed working with you and am pleased to have had the opportunity to serve the people of Lee County for the last 15 years,” Lalley said in the letter to Ketchum. In a telephone interview, Lalley had no response to Sacco-Miller’s statement. “My understanding is that they were going to eliminate my position. I have some personal things going on in my life,” said Lalley, who made $44,000 a year. “I’m currently actively working to get another position.”
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Kathy Lalley Says she resigned as LOTS assistant director, but is collecting unemployment
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