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Judge denies former Monroe councilman's request

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MONROE, La., (KNOE 8 News) - A judge has denied former Monroe City Councilman Arthur Gilmore's request to be tried separately from former councilman Robert Stevens.

Gilmore had filed a motion Saturday asking the judge to sever his trial from Stevens' because he claimed he could not receive a fair trial if they are tried together.

Gilmore's motion stated that much of the evidence from the previous trial pertains to both men, and he said it would be difficult for a juror to separate the evidence with respect to each defendant.

Gilmore and Stevens were convicted of racketeering and bribery in May 2011. A judge ruled in March that Stevens and Gilmore will receive a new trial, set to begin April 22 in Shreveport.

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