El prosecutor grande Wepsiec calling it quits after this termPosted by Jack Howser on Monday, August 15th, 2011 @ 12:21 pm.
JACKSON CO.—The man tasked with carrying out the state’s case against Kristina (Tina) Martin and her former stepson Cody Martin has decided not to run for re-election after the current term, up in 2012.
Michael Wepsiec, 55, announced that he would not be seeking another term last week (Friday, when we began having web issues; sorry it took us so long to get it to you), after having held the office since 1993.
Wepsiec gave a positive response to questions about why he no longer wanted to be the chief law enforcement officer of Jackson County, as opposed to anything negative: he merely said he wanted to spend more time with his wife and young son.
(The fact that he will have spent more than 20 years in the office of either prosecutor or assistant prosecutor—thus enabling him to retire on the taxpayer’s dime—wasn’t mentioned, either by Wepsiec or mainstream media, who obviously soft-pedaled the whole thing.)
And while it means little to the taxpaying populace of Jackson County, citizens of little Gallatin County, completely across that part of the state from Jackson, are absolutely outraged that Wepsiec has done little more than okay continuances for the ongoing Solicitation to Commit Murder for Hire cases against Tina and Cody Martin. Filed in early January 2010, action in the cases literally ground to a halt after Tina Martin’s preliminary hearing January 26 of that year…and those who know Tina are absolutely incensed that they can’t learn more about her case, as they believe she is under bond terms ($50,000 cash, which was posted by her parents shortly after the prelim) of being limited in where she can reside, yet she has changed residences in Junction or Shawneetown at least three times since bonding. In fact, a most recent residence, 10225 Sawmill Road, now appears on her electronic record, this not being her parents’ residence (where initially it was understood was supposed to be where she resided until her case was over, as terms of her bond) but instead the house Cody Martin was living in at the time of the arrests.
Regular readers will know the story, but for those who don’t, Tina is the ex-wife and Cody the son of former Gallatin County sheriff Raymond Martin. They were arrested January 2, 2010, after a visit with Raymondo where he was incarcerated in Murphysboro, during which they discussed killing two witnesses in his federal case. Raymondo was also charged, but the feds picked up those charges and the state subsequently dismissed theirs against him. Raymondo is now serving two life sentences (currently at a federal pen in California) for using a weapon in relation to a drug crime.
The state has yet to move forward with anything significant against Tina and Cody; and in fact, Tina’s file has been in the hands of the judge in the case for an indeterminate amount of time, meaning the general public can’t learn why this is the case. Wepsiec’s office doesn’t return calls or is rude to callers inquiring about it…and when all of this is toted up, he’s just not one of Gallatin County’s favorite public officials.
So, if the state drags the Martin’s cases our long enough for the current state’s attorney to be out of them, maybe his replacement will be a little more forthcoming about what’s up with them….meaning it really will be a GOODbye to el prosecutor grande Wepsiec.
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