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 BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A convicted killer will make his case for a new trial he says he deserves because the presiding judge faces federal heroin charges and may have been impaired during the trial.

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 faces sentencing Wednesday. But he's asked for a new trial, alleging Cook appeared to slur his words during the trial.

Cook's attorney isn't discussing that.

Questions about Cook already have prompted another judge to grant a new murder trial for another man convicted during proceedings overseen by Cook.

 

A 20-year-old woman remains in critical condition after she was shot in the chest sitting outside a north St. Louis home early this morning.

The woman was sitting with two friends at a house near Fountain Park around 2:30 this morning, when an unknown suspect started shooting. The woman was hit, one of her friends pulled out a gun and shot back.

Police say it does not appear that the victim was the gunman's intended target. Homicide detectives have taken over the investigation.

The St. Louis Catholic Archbishop is named in a new lawsuit, accusing him of helping to cover up the sexual abuse of a second-grade girl and teen boy by a priest.

The alleged abuse too place when Archbishop Robert Carlson was a church official in Minneapolis three decades ago. The lawsuit says Carlson was one of three officials who knew of the repeated abuses at the hand of Reverend Robert Thurner. Carlson and the other officials never reported the incidents to police. Lawyers for the alleged victim say they will demand that Carlson answer questions under oath in the case.

Neither Carlson nor the St. Louis Archdiocese have yet commented on the charges.

 

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