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A federal judge Tuesday met privately with the man accused of the 2003 Xerox credit union homicide and his attorneys — and even federal prosecutors don't know why.

A criminal case that began with the September 2016 arrest of Richard Leon Wilbern, and has been slowed because of the amount of evidence prosecutors had to provide defense lawyers, now has been stalled again. What's unusual with this delay is U.S. District Judge Charles Siragusa has determined that, at least at this point, he can't make public or even tell prosecutors just what the pressing issue is.

"I think the government's being held in the dark here," Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas Gregory told Siragusa in court Tuesday before Siragusa met in chambers with Wilbern and his lawyers. "I don't think it's right."

"Certainly it's not my intent to leave you in the dark," Siragusa said. But, he said, the legal precedents he reviewed because of the mystery issue told him he had no other choice.

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