On Wednesday afternoon, 56th Circuit Judge C.A. “Woody” Woodall III set a new trial date for Aug. 19, starting at 9 a.m., after a motion by 56th Circuit Commonwealth’s Attorney G.L. Ovey, with a pre-trial conference date of July 12 at 9 a.m. The first trial, which took place for about two weeks in August and September, ended in a hung jury.
Russell, 36, was in the courtroom, as was H.B. Quinn, his other defense attorney. Neither spoke during court.
Woodall also granted a motion by Russell’s defense attorney John Stewart to relieve Russell of the bond condition – that is, the condition of his release – that he provide evidence to pre-trial services that he is actively seeking work.
“My client is a farm worker, a seasonal worker, as needed,” said Stewart. “Whenever the farmers need a good worker, he’s got the reputation in the community of being one you can rely on. Pre-trial services folk were asking that he bring in proof on the regular basis that he’s looking for a job … He’s not 9 to 5.”
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