• Judge orders new trial after previous judge charged in fed court

    by  • October 3, 2013 • News

    A southwestern Illinois judge has ordered a new murder trial for a man, ruling his trial attorneys should have been told the presiding judge and the key investigator were being investigated over drugs. courtgavel_1353175955264_328934_ver1.0_320_240

    St. Clair County Circuit Judge Robert Haida on Wednesday granted 29-year-old William Cosby’s request for a new trial.

    Jurors convicted Cosby in April of first-degree murder in last year’s shooting death of 31-year-old Antwan Thomas in East St. Louis.

    Cosby’s conviction came three weeks before the presiding judge, Michael Cook, was charged with possessing heroin and having a gun while illegally using controlled substances.

    The key investigator in the Cosby case, then East St. Louis police detective Orlando Ward, was accused in May of cocaine-related charges. He has resigned.

    Cook and ward have pleaded not guilty.