Judge in Capone case recuses himself due to investigation of relative

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on June 23, 2014 at 4:49 AM

Updated Monday, Jun 23 at 12:28 PM

MOSCOW, Idaho.---The trial for a man accused of drugging and killing his estranged wife inside a Moscow auto repair shop in 2010 was postponed Monday.

Judge Michael Griffin disqualified himself from trying the case.

Sources told KREM 2 the judge recused himself after learning a relative was being investigated by a local task force. This relative has not been charged with anything, but KREM 2 has learned authorities searched the relative’s home late last week.

The district court clerk told KREM 2 News that an order seeking a new judge has been filed. There is no word on when the trial will begin.

The prosecutor's office said something personal came up for the judge. A new judge could come from anywhere in Idaho.

Charles Capone pleaded not guilty to first-degree charges for the murder of his estranged wife Rachel Anderson.

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Anderson was in the process of filing for divorce when she disappeared. A search for her remains in June of 2014 turned up empty.

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