Russell retrial not set in stone
by Franklin Clark, Reporter --
Sep 19, 2012 | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In spite of a seemingly confident statement made late last Monday night after a mistrial was declared in the Claude Russell trial, 56th Circuit Commonwealth’s Attorney G.L. Ovey says he hasn’t decided whether or not to re-try the case.

Ovey said he will speak to the family of Chantell Humphries – who was found dead in a Trigg County field in 2002 – and the Kentucky State Police detectives who worked the case. “I will once again look at the Commonwealth’s evidence, then at the proper time make a decision regarding further proceedings in this case,” he added.

Immediately after the mistrial had been declared, he had indicated that they would “almost certainly” re-try the case.

Ovey has also requested that KSP investigate a letter that came to the public’s attention at the trial, a letter that reportedly implicates Cadiz Police Chief Hollis Alexander in the June 24, 2002 murder of Humphries.

Russell was accused of that murder at the trial, but after roughly 10 hours of deliberation, the jury couldn’t reach a decision and 56th Circuit Judge C.A. Woodall III declared a mistrial.

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