Prosecutor wants Nicholas Sheley back in Missouri

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ST. LOUIS (AP) _ A Missouri prosecutor is enlisting the state’s help in bringing back to his turf a man accused of killing an Arkansas couple during a deadly 2008 spree for which he is serving life sentences for six slayings in Illinois.

As the chief assistant prosecutor in Jefferson County near St. Louis, Steven Jerrell on Tuesday sent paperwork to Missouri’s attorney general requesting Nicholas Sheley’s extradition from Illinois.

It’s unclear how quickly both states will arrange for Sheley’s return to the Missouri county where he’s charged with killing 54-year-olds Jill and Tom Estes of Sherwood, Arkansas, during the summer of 2008.

Though those killings could make Sheley eligible for the death penalty, Jerrell says he doesn’t know if that punishment will be pursued. Illinois abolished capital punishment in recent years.

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