By: Kate Pabich
Both the prosecution and defense have rested their cases in the second Nicholas Sheley murder trial. A verdict could be reached as soon as Tuesday.
It was a short day at the Whiteside County Courthouse. In fact, both sides had wrapped up by 9:30 Monday morning.
The defense presented three evidence witnesses, trying to prove Nicholas Sheley killed Russell Reed back in 2008.
The defense didn't call any witnesses to the stand, and focused on Sheley's wife's testimony, saying that what she said on the stand in this trial did not match what she told the grand jury.
The day wrapped up in under half an hour with Sheley waving his right to testify. Judge F. Michael Meersman then gave strict instructions to the jury, bracing them for a long day Tuesday.
"I will ask you again do not talk to anybody, do not listen read hear or go on the internet regarding to this case and as I said Friday please vote early because there is no telling how long you will be here."
Both sides will present their closing arguments Tuesday morning, and the case will go to the jury.