Murder trial jury selection begins
by Franklin Clark, Reporter -- fclark@cadizrecord.com
Aug 29, 2012 | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Chantell Humphries murder suspect Claude E. Russell (left) sits with his attorneys, John Stewart (middle) of Clarksville, Tenn., and H.B. Quinn of Cadiz, Monday during jury selection.</i>
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Chantell Humphries murder suspect Claude E. Russell (left) sits with his attorneys, John Stewart (middle) of Clarksville, Tenn., and H.B. Quinn of Cadiz, Monday during jury selection.

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Jury selection in the Claude E. Russell murder trial started on Monday morning at the Trigg County Justice Center, lasted all day Tuesday and is scheduled to end Wednesday, potentially with opening arguments for the prosecution.

Russell, 35, stands accused of the June 24, 2002 shooting death of Cadiz resident Chantell Humphries.

Of the more than 100 potential jurors summoned, at least 77 were called upon to be interviewed individually – a process known as voir dire – on Monday and Tuesday. 42 were interviewed on Monday, of which nine were excused. On Tuesday, 35 were interviewed, 10 of which were excused.

Of those that qualified on Monday and Tuesday, 14 will be picked – 12 of which will hear arguments from the defense and prosecution and two of which will be alternates.

56th Circuit Judge C.A. Woodall III advised all the jurors not to discuss the case and not to listen to, watch or read any news reports regarding the case or trial. Woodall said that while the gears of justice might move slowly, they’re after justice, not efficiency.

For the rest of this story, see this week's issue of The Cadiz Record or subscribe to our e-Edition by calling 270-522-6605.
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