Russell no longer on monitor program
by Franklin Clark, Reporter -- fclark@cadizrecord.com
Feb 20, 2013 | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A few days after last Wednesday’s motion rule day, 56th Circuit Judge C.A. Woodall III decided that murder suspect Claude Russell will no longer need to use the MCR (Monitored Release Program).

In a order dated Feb. 14 but filed on Feb. 18, Woodall said, “It appears the Defendant has been compliant in full under the MCR Program.” It went on to say, “In all other respects, conditions of the Defendant’s bond remain in full force and effect.”

The order releases Russell from the MCR Program – Woodall writes that he consulted the pretrial services officer – but states he will still have to report in to his pretrial services officer and will have to comply with the all of the other conditions of his bond.

Russell is accused in the June 2002 murder of Chantell Humphries, and stood trial for it in August and September last year, but that trial ended in a hung jury. Another trial is set to start at 9 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 19.

On Wednesday, Woodall heard arguments from Russell’s attorney John Stewart and from 56th Circuit Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Carrie Ovey-Wiggins, who objected to the motion.\

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