A judge in Macomb County, Mich., has denied bond for convicted killer Michael George while he awaits a new trial in December.
The retailer and convention organizer was convicted in March of the 1990 killing of his first wife Barbara and sentenced to life in prison. However, on Sept. 12 Circuit Judge James Biernat Sr. overturned the jury verdict, citing prosecutorial misconduct and new evidence that could lead the jury to believe another person was responsible for the murder.
In his decision on Tuesday, Biernat said George poses a flight risk, and should remain in the Macomb County Jail. The new trial is set to begin on Dec. 2.
Barbara George was shot in the head on July 13, 1990, in the Georges’ Clinton Township comic-book store. Prosecutors contended that Michael George staged the killing to look like a robbery so he could collect money from an insurance policy and a shared estate, and start over with another woman.