To that effect, it is sending out an updated version to Kentucky prisons of its 2010 playing card deck, which features 52 unsolved homicide or missing persons cases throughout the state, three of which have been solved since that time.
But three murder cases from Trigg County that so far have not seen convictions – the June 2002 murder of Chantell Humphries, the March 2008 murder of Harvey Choat and the October 1980 murder of Kenneth Ladd – are not represented on the KSP’s card deck.
Claude Russell was re-indicted in 2011 and was tried for Humphries’ murder, but the August/September trial ended in a hung jury. It will go to trial again on Aug. 19 this year.
KSP Trooper and Public Affairs Officer Jay Thomas said KSP Detective Steve Silfies is working the Choat case, which he calls “very active.” He also said the Ladd case is closed, as the only suspect, Michael Cunningham, was arrested and prosecuted, only to be acquitted on Jan. 30, 1981.
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