Drug dealer in St. Clair County judge’s death seeks jail release

Drug dealer in St. Clair County judge’s death seeks jail release

This October 2010 photo shows St. Clair County Circuit Judge Michael Cook during his swearing in ceremony. Cook is under federal investigation after a former prosecutor and colleague Joe Christ was found dead of a cocaine overdose at Cook's cabin in rural Pike County, Ill. in March 2013. Cook as booted from his docket of hundreds of cases Thursday, May 23, 2013.(AP Photo/Belleville News-Democrat, Derik Holtmann)

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on June 12, 2013 at 7:22 AM

BELLEVILLE, Ill.—A man facing drug trafficking charges in connection with a St. Clair County judge’s cocaine death wants to be released from jail to enter drug treatment program.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports an attorney for Sean McGilvery asked U.S. Magistrate Donald Wilkerson to reconsider his May 30 order that McGilvery be held in St. Clair County Jail until his trial. Attorney Rodney Holmes says a residential drug treatment program has a bed available for McGilvery.

No court date has been set to hear McGilvery’s request.

The 34-year-old is accused of conspiring with two others to buy drugs in Chicago for resale in the Belleville area.

Judge Joe Christ died in March while he and former Judge Michael Cook were staying at a hunting cabin. Cook faces drug and gun charges.

 

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