East St. Louis man found not guilty of murder after judge’s drug scandal

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An East St. Louis man was acquitted of murder.  The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that it came during a new trial following a courthouse drug scandal.

William Cosby was accused of first degree murder for a 2012 shooting. His first trial ended with a guilty verdict.

That trial took place in the Belleville courtroom of Michael Cook who later resigned and plead guilty to drug charges. During his second trial, Cosby claimed self defense. This afternoon he was found not guilty.