No New Trial For Man Who Cooked Wife

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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.
(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by joe on Feb 27, 2009 at 12:55 PM
    justice to his wife. the puke should rot. as for the dentist, it shows when you have money just like oj and blake, its a slap on the wrist. he should have gotten prison time. had that happened he'd still be locked up as csc does the majority of their time. and this is coming from a guy on parole. see we are all not scumbags.
  • by NoWay Location: LGR on Feb 26, 2009 at 11:13 AM
    That's pretty sad when a cannabis user stoops to using the gov't propaganda (pot inducded psychosis) as a defense. Pot doesn't make people go crazy folks and this Judge agrees with me. Maybe HE should sit on the supreme court.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 26, 2009 at 11:06 AM
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