• Re-trial ordered after judge accused of drug abuse

    by  • October 30, 2013 • News

    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.