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St. Clair County Judge could face criminal charges

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Judge Ron Duebbert. Credit: KMOV Judge Ron Duebbert. Credit: KMOV

Ron Duebbert was sworn in on December 5th, but less than a month later he's not allowed to preside over cases in St. Clair County.

On January 3rd Chief Circuit Judge Andrew Gleeson assigned Duebbert to administrative duties.

According to Gleeson's order "Ronald R. Duebbert, by way of public record, has allegedly harbored a registered violent offender who is on Mandatory Supervised Release, commonly known as parole, and that offender now is a "person of interest" in a murder investigation."

The person of interest is alleged to be David E. Fields.

Fields is charged with first degree murder for killing Carl Silas on December 30, 2016.

On Wednesday, January 4, the St. Clair County States Attorney filed a motion for appointment of a special prosecutor in the Fields case.

According to the motion the Major Case Squad applied for obstruction of justice charges, and the suspect is a judge in 20th Judicial Circuit.

The motion states the murder charge against Fields, and the obstruction of justice charge regarding a judge "are related and intertwined with one another and therefore a conflict of interest exists in both matters." 

According to Judge Gleeson, circuit judges make $194,001 per year. Gleeson says Duebbert will continue to collect that salary while assigned to administrative duties.

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