Retrial Ordered After Judge Accused of Drug Abuse

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (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 has resigned and pleaded not guilty.

Muse was scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday. 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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