Defense seeks new judge in gas station clerk abduction case

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MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) – The case against a man charged with murder in the 2013 disappearance of a gas station clerk in western Michigan is being delayed as his lawyers seek a new judge.

Jeffrey Willis’ defense team says Judge Raymond Kostrzewa should step aside because he worked in the Muskegon County prosecutor’s office during the Jessica Heeringa investigation. Kostrzewa earlier said he wasn’t involved in the investigation and refused to step aside.

A hearing scheduled for Wednesday on other issues has been delayed.

Heeringa disappeared April 26, 2013, from the gas station where she worked in Norton Shores, near Muskegon. Her body hasn’t been found.

Willis also is facing charges in two other cases: the fatal shooting of a 36-year-old female jogger in 2014 and the April attempted abduction of a teenage girl.

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