Defense attorney Darrell Heckman said he plans to call some witnesses but declined to go into specifics.
“We hope to have it over in a few hours,” he said.
The defense attorney said his team is focused on the upcoming hearing.
“We want him to stay in the juvenile system,” Heckman said.
Prosecutors have sought to try Nicholas as an adult. The judge ordered a psychological evaluation of Nicholas. That will be used in the upcoming hearing.
Talebi said in a statement that he has sought to move the case to adult court because of the seriousness of the allegations and “the deliberate and premeditated nature of the offenses alleged and the available sanctions and penalties available in the juvenile system.”
9-1-1 call: Champaign 8th-grader claims other personality killed woman
Nicholas has been accused of stabbing and shooting Taylor, court records say. It’s believed the teen would have attempted to flee the scene if not for a leg injury, Talebi has said. Nicholas allegedly stabbed himself in the leg during the struggle with Taylor, who was his dad’s girlfriend and was described in a 9-1-1 call as the teen’s stepmother.
In that emergency call, Nicholas can be heard blaming the killing on an alternate personality named Jeff, according to a copy of it obtained by the Springfield News-Sun.
The judge also has ruled there’s enough evidence against Donovan to continue with the case. A psychologist evaluated Nicholas and will send his findings to the judge.