At a press conference held Thursday morning at the Lyon County Judicial Center, Ovey said he doesn’t think the case will be weakened by a new prosecutor – whom he wouldn’t name at the time. He also said that while he has “mixed feelings” about recusing himself, his integrity and the integrity of the case are important.
“This case is more important than who the prosecutor is that will finish this case. My integrity is more important than my own personal desire to see this case come to verdict,” said Ovey. “Cases come and cases go, but the integrity of the chief law enforcement officer of the 56th Circuit must remain beyond reproach.”
Claude Russell was tried last year for the June 2002 murder of Chantell Humphries, but that trial ended in a hung jury. Russell had originally been charged in 2002, but the charge was dismissed in 2003. He was then charged again for the murder in 2011.
A new trial has been set to start on Aug. 19, and a hearing was scheduled for Friday, May 31, but the pre-trial and trial schedule are now up in the air, causing more delays in a 11-year-old case that has still seen no verdict.
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