The heroin dealer at the center of the St. Clair County courthouse scandal, pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday morning.
Sean McGilvery admitted to selling heroin, he now faces a decade in prison when he is sentenced in January. McGilvery is at the center of the case of Judge Mike Cook. Cook was arrested at McGilvery`s Belleville home back in May. McGilvery says the judge was at his house almost every day picking up heroin.
Cook's trial on heroin and weapons charges starts in December.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - St. Louis police are investigating whether an officer's actions during a homicide investigation jeopardized murder charges against the mother of a 1-year-old whose body was found in a trash bin.
City prosecutors dropped murder and child abuse charges against Melissa Shawneece Jackson on Monday, a week before she was set to go to trial for the death of her 18-month-old son, Marquell. The infant's body was found behind their Jefferson Avenue apartment building in May 2011.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that an unidentified patrol officer was placed on administrative duty Wednesday as police conduct an internal investigation into his role.
Defense attorney Scott Rosenblum says the case collapsed after the officer testified in a deposition that he didn't alert detectives about incriminating statements made by Jackson's ex-boyfriend.
MARYVILLE, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri prosecutor who dropped charges in a sex assault case involving a 14-year-old girl says he's asking a court to appoint a special prosecutor to look at the case.
Nodaway County prosecutor Robert Rice announced the development Wednesday.
The girl's mother, Melinda Coleman, says her daughter was plied with alcohol and raped by a 17-year-old acquaintance.
Coleman says the family was forced to move from Maryville because of harassment they faced in the small town. She says that after the alleged attack last January, her daughter was dumped on her family's front porch in freezing cold temperatures.
Two months after the incident, Rice dropped charges against the 17-year-old boy.
Rice and the county sheriff have insisted the case collapsed when the Colemans became uncooperative with investigators. Coleman denies that.