AP ND– A Bismarck man who was prohibited from withdrawing his guilty plea 12 years after he allegedly killed his wife will get another chance to state his case.
This week the North Dakota Supreme Court ruled, Russell Craig should have been allowed to argue his motion at a hearing that was scheduled in October 2018 and then canceled.
A week later, Judge Bruce Romanick denied Craig’s motion to withdraw his plea.
Craig pleaded guilty to murder, in June 2006 for stabbing Pamela Sue Johnson-Craig to death. He was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole.
Supreme Court Justices say Romanick inappropriately canceled the hearing “without explanation.”
The high court ordered that the hearing be rescheduled. But denied a separate motion by Craig to replace Judge Romanick.