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Authorities ID body found inside burned out car

Tuesday, 22 October 2013 12:02 Published in Local News

Police have identified the body of a man found in the trunk of a burned out car.

Around 10 PM Saturday, authorities were called to the Washington Park area where they found a burning vehicle. Inside the trunk, they discovered the body of 30-year-old Demarco Fossett. Authorities have not publicly identified any suspects.

Anyone with information about Fossett's murder is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 866-371-TIPS.

Man and his dog die in house fire

Monday, 21 October 2013 17:30 Published in Local News

A man and his dog are dead after a house fire in St. Ann.

Firefighters found the 54 year-old man on the floor of his bedroom. Officials say the fire began in a chair in the living room--a place where relatives say he often smoked. Investigators believe the fire could have been started by a dropped cigarette. The Post-Dispatch reports that relatives say the man may have been overcome by smoke while he searched for his dog. 

 

Court official reexamining former judge's cases

Monday, 21 October 2013 16:46 Published in Local News

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A former St. Clair County circuit judge charged with heroin possession and a weapons violation presided over more than 1,700 felony cases.

The Belleville New-Democrat reports that Michael Cook's tenure included eight bench trials and 24 jury trials. Cook resigned after he was charged in May.

Officials are re-examining the cases Cook handled. A judge granted a new trial to one convicted murderer whose case he oversaw, and another has demanded a retrial. Hearings are scheduled for both next week.

Of the 1,705 felony cases Cook handled, 1,102 resulted in guilty pleas. Three of the bench trials ended in guilty verdicts. Twenty of the jury trials ended in guilty verdicts.

Cook has pleaded not guilty. He has agreed to have his law license suspended and sought drug treatment.

 

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