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From qctimes.com: MORRISON, Ill. — A new rule allowing cameras in some Illinois courtrooms passed one of its first major tests in Nicholas Sheley’s murder trial in Whiteside County, key players in the case say.
After a trial that included a week of jury selection and six days of testimony, Sheley was convicted Tuesday of first-degree murder, residential burglary and home invasion in connection with the June 23, 2008, death of Russell Reed, 93, of Sterling.
Whiteside County State’s Attorney Gary Spencer said he had concerns before the case started about whether allowing TV and still cameras into the courtroom during the trial would interfere with the state’s ability to give Sheley a fair trial.
After the trial was over, Spencer said he didn’t think the cameras had an impact.