ST. LOUIS ( -- A judge has denied St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner's request for help to prosecute several high-profile cases, including the death of a former St. Louis police officer who was killed during the riots last year.

Gardner had asked for assistance because of she was short-staffed with inexperienced prosecutors and facing a backlog of cases. One such case was that of two men charged for the murder of retired Captain David Dorn who was killed after looters broke into a north St. Louis pawn shop.

The judge said Friday there was no basis for a special prosecutor when the request was made because Gardner's office was having staffing or time management issues.

It's not yet clear what happens next for the cases, but News 4 will keep checking.

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