Burnam turns investigation notes over to Ovey
by Franklin Clark, Reporter -- fclark@cadizrecord.com
Jan 16, 2013 | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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H.B. Quinn, representing murder suspect Claude Russell, was in court Wednesday on Russell's behalf, with Judge C.A. Woodall III presiding.</i>
Franklin Clark/Cadiz Record

H.B. Quinn, representing murder suspect Claude Russell, was in court Wednesday on Russell's behalf, with Judge C.A. Woodall III presiding.

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Trigg County Sheriff Ray Burnam has, as ordered by 56th Circuit Judge C.A. “Woody” Woodall III last month, turned over all the information from his independent investigation into the Chantell Humphries case to 56th Circuit Commonwealth’s Attorney G.L. Ovey.

“Your Honor, I’ve filed in the record a notice of compliance by Sheriff Burnam with the request set forth in the subpoena,” Ovey said. “As far as the Commonwealth’s concerned, that particular issue is resolved and we move forward.”

During a minutes-long hearing that was held on the afternoon of Wednesday, Jan. 9, Ovey was given until Wednesday, March 13, to review this information, after which he is required by turn over any relevant evidence to attorneys representing Claude Russell, the man accused of Humphries’ murder.

The evidence, which last month Burnam said might “implicate” Ovey, albeit not in the actual murder, has not been made public. Ovey said that although he intends to make it available to defense attorneys John Stewart and H.B. Quinn, he still has to look through it.

“Judge, I’m still reviewing it, I haven’t had time,” Ovey said. “If there’s anything I need to bring to the court’s attention, I’ll do it. I think I’ve made that promise to the court before.”

“I believe you did,” replied Woodall.

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