2012 Year in review
by Franklin Clark, Reporter -- fclark@cadizrecord.com
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(Above) The M/V Delta Mariner hit the Eggner Ferry Bridge on Jan. 26. (Below) Commonwealth’s Attorney G.L. Ovey had a witness describe Claude Russell’s revolver at his trial. Russell is accused in the murder of Chantell Humphries.</i>
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(Above) The M/V Delta Mariner hit the Eggner Ferry Bridge on Jan. 26. (Below) Commonwealth’s Attorney G.L. Ovey had a witness describe Claude Russell’s revolver at his trial. Russell is accused in the murder of Chantell Humphries.

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These are some of the biggest stories we covered over the course of last year:

The Eggner Ferry Bridge accident

On Thursday, Jan. 26, the M/V Delta Mariner, a 312-foot cargo vessel owned by Foss Maritime and carrying rocket parts for United Launch Alliance, collided with a 322-foot span of the Eggner Ferry Bridge, which carries U.S. 68/Ky. 80 across Kentucky Lake from Trigg County to Marshall County.

No one was injured, and the cargo wasn’t damaged, but the bridge was out of commission until Memorial Day weekend. Hall Contracting of Kentucky, Inc., secured the $7 million bid to replace the span that was knocked off. Lieutenant Governor Jerry Abramson, Marshall County Judge Executive Mike Miller, then-State Senator Ken Winters and others were at the bridge opening.

However, while 1.1 million pounds of steel and concrete from the span were salvaged by Global Diving Solutions at the behest of Foss Maritime last month, and in spite of hearings that were held by the National Transportation Safety Board and the U.S Coast Guard in Paducah late in the spring, the question of who is responsible for the accident remains an open one.

The Claude Russell trial

Claude Russell is accused in the June 24, 2002, murder of Chantell Humphries. He was first indicted in 2003 and that indictment was dismissed later that same year. He was re-indicted in 2011, and the trial, which took up much of late August and early September, ended in a hung jury. It has since been rescheduled for Aug. 19 of this year.

Over almost six days of testimony, 56th Commonwealth’s Attorney G.L. Ovey fielded many witnesses, law enforcement officers and forensics experts to testify and played hours’ worth of recorded interviews between investigators and the defendant. Russell’s attorneys John Stewart and H.B. Quinn fielded only a few witnesses.

But after 10 hours of deliberation, the jury was deadlocked at an 8 – 4 vote, and 56th Circuit Judge C.A. “Woody” Woodall declared a mistrial. “We will almost certainly be doing this again,” Ovey said at the time.

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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