BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A former East St. Louis man granted a new murder trial after questions were raised about the presiding judge has been convicted a second time.

The Belleville News-Democrat ( reports St. Clair County Circuit Judge Robert Haida on Tuesday found 55-year-old Gregory Muse guilty of first-degree murder and committing a felony while armed.

Prosecutors alleged Muse and Correy Ransom were robbing an East St. Louis pawn shop in 2011 when the store owner killed Ransom. Muse was charged under a statute allowing an accomplice to be accused in a death if it happens during a forcible felony.

Haida overturned Muse’s conviction last year after his trial overseen by then-Circuit Judge Michael Cook. Cook resigned, pleaded guilty to federal heroin and weapons charges, and was sentenced to two years in prison.


Information from: Belleville News-Democrat,

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