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Richard Rountree requests new judge after being accused of child endangerment in connection with daughter’s death

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BLOOMINGTON-NORMAL (WEEK) - The attorney for Richard Rountree filed a motion in McLean County Court asking for a new judge on his jury trial.

The motion alleges judge William Yoder "is so prejudiced against the Defendant that the Defendant will be unable to receive a fair hearing if this case is heard before said Judge."

Rountree is accused of child endangerment in connection to his 8-year-old daughter's death in January, 2019.

Rountree's girlfriend, Cynthia Baker, was found guilty in November of first-degree murder in the death of Rica Rountree but saw her sentence vacated on January 3 when she hired a new attorney with plans to argue for ineffective counsel in her murder trial.

The motion by Rountree's public defender specifically asks for the case to be transferred to the Chief Judge for reassignment.

Molly Jirasek

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