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Convicted Killer Gets New Trial After Judge Charged With Heroin Crime

Thu, 31 Oct 2013 04:37:09 CDT
By: AP

A convicted killer has become the second person to get a retrial on murder charges because of accusations the judge in the cases had abused drugs. Jurors found 55-year-old Gregory Muse guilty in March of first-degree murder after a trial overseen by then-St. Clair County Circuit Judge Michael Cook. Cook was arrested two months later on charges of possessing heroin and a having a gun while on controlled substances. He resigned and pleaded not guilty. Muse was scheduled to be sentenced yesterday, but Judge Robert Haida agreed to his request for a new trial. Muse had argued that Cook appeared to slur his words during the trial. Cook's attorney isn't discussing that. A new murder trial has already been granted to another man convicted in proceedings overseen by Cook.

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