MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) — An Ottawa County judge has denied a motion to disqualify a Muskegon County judge from presiding over the case of Jeffrey Willis, who is charged with murdering Jessica Herringa.
Thursday afternoon, Ottawa County District Court Judge Bradley Knoll denied Jeffrey Willis and his defense team’s motion to disqualify Judge Raymond Kostrzewa from hearing the case.
“It’s frustrating to have these little bumps in the road but we do live in a democracy,” Muskegon County Prosecutor D.J. Hilson said of the motion, which delayed the case. “I just want to move the ball forward here.”
He and his defense team wanted to disqualify Judge Raymond Kostrzewa from hearing the case because he worked in the Muskegon County Prosecutor’s Office before 2014. The judge previously declined to recuse himself, saying he never worked on the Heeringa case.