On January 22, 2018, Judge Craig Hellmann recused himself from the murder cases. Prosecutor Parks has tied the hands of the judges whereby a plea deal is not being offered, but merely a plea. This means that the judges have nothing to accept or reject.
Judge Hellmann did the only thing he could do in order to “reject” what Parks is trying to do by recusing himself.
Now that the last judge in the 20th Circuit in MO has recused, a new out of county judge must be appointed by the MO Supreme Court.