Circuit Judge C.A. Woodall III issued an order to protect the evidence in the case. Russell was accused of the murder of Chantell Humphries in June 2002, but the trial that happened in late August and early September ended in a mistrial.
The prosecution was to pick up the exhibits for the prosecution, and the defense was to pick up the exhibits for the defense.
“It’s been investigated and it’s already been taken care of,” said Circuit Court Clerk Pam Perry, who offered no additional comment.
John Stewart, attorney for Russell, said he asked H.B. Quinn, who also represented Russell during the trial, to have someone collect the evidence for the defense from the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office. He said that while he only had about eight or nine exhibits, he later got a call from Quinn, who told him that he had two boxes of exhibits.
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