Ill. man accused in 8 slayings guilty in 1st trial

By the Associated Press | September 19, 2011 | 7:05 PM EDT

FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2011 file photo, Nicholas Sheley is escorted to the Knox County Courthouse in Galesburg, Ill., for the start of his first trial for murder. Sheley is accused of killing 65-year-old Ronald Randall of Galesburg in June 2008 along with seven other people in Illinois and Missouri. On Monday, Sept. 19, 2011, jurors in Knox County deliberated for less than an hour before finding Sheley guilty of murder in Randall's death. (AP Photo/The Register-Mail, Nick Adams, File) MANDATORY CREDIT

GALESBURG, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois man accused of killing eight people in a two-state killing spree has been convicted at his first trial.

Accused spree killer Nicholas Sheley (SHEE'-lee) was found guilty Monday of murdering 65-year-old Ronald Randall of Galesburg.

Randall was one of eight people in Illinois and Missouri investigators say were bludgeoned to death in June 2008.

Investigators say a 93-year-old man found in the trunk of his car was the first person killed. The bodies of three adults and a 2-year-old were found days later in an Illinois apartment.

Randall was found that day behind a grocery store and an Arkansas couple were found behind a gas station south of St. Louis.

Police say Sheley knew some in the apartment, but the rest of the killings appeared to be random.