A judge has refused to order a new trial for a Michigan man who killed and cooked his wife.
Jackson County Circuit Judge Thomas Wilson wrote in a ruling dated Monday that 52-year-old Kevin Artz's argument that he was in a marijuana-induced psychosis during the 1999 slaying can't be the basis for a second trial in part because it isn't new evidence.
He says defense counsel knew of the argument before the original trial and chose not to pursue it because the attorney doubted a jury would believe it.
A Jackson County jury convicted Artz of murder in 2001. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
He killed his 46-year-old wife, Patricia, in 1999 with a metal bar before dismembering and cooking her body in their Summit Township restaurant.
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