Russell to be tried again for Humphries’ murder
by Franklin Clark, Reporter -- fclark@cadizrecord.com
Dec 19, 2012 | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Commonwealth’s Attorney G.L. Ovey (above, second from left) argued for a re-trial of murder suspect Claude Russell (above) second from right). Russell is being defended by H.B. Quinn (above right) and John Stewart (above center). Trigg County Sheriff Ray Burnam (above left) was also there to address a subpoena motion by Ovey.</i>
Franklin Clark/Cadiz Record

Commonwealth’s Attorney G.L. Ovey (above, second from left) argued for a re-trial of murder suspect Claude Russell (above) second from right). Russell is being defended by H.B. Quinn (above right) and John Stewart (above center). Trigg County Sheriff Ray Burnam (above left) was also there to address a subpoena motion by Ovey.

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Claude Russell will be tried a second time for the June 2002 death of Chantell Humphries.

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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