A Knox County judge has granted a request from an Illinois man accused of killing eight people in two states.

WGIL Radio reports that Judge James Stewart on Tuesday approved Nicholas Sheley’s request to have attorney Jeremy Karlin reappointed to represent him.

Karlin has been involved in Sheley’s case since 2008, but Sheley fired him when Gov. Pat Quinn signed the law repealing Illinois’ death penalty.

Sheley had wanted to represent himself. But he now claims that a series of lockdowns at Stateville Correctional Center made it impossible to prepare his defense.

Sheley has pleaded not guilty in the deaths of six people in Illinois and two in Missouri in June 2008.

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