No decision yet on motion to dismiss Claude Russell case
by Franklin Clark, Reporter -- fclark@cadizrecord.com
Jan 15, 2014 | 112 112 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Claude Russell’s attorney John Stewart (right) questioned Carl Heckmann (left), who served on a Trigg County Grand Jury that indicted Russell.</i>
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Claude Russell’s attorney John Stewart (right) questioned Carl Heckmann (left), who served on a Trigg County Grand Jury that indicted Russell.

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A hearing that involved a motion to dismiss the case against Claude Russell, the man accussed in the June 2002 death of Chantell Humphries, resolved very little, and another hearing has not yet been scheduled.

After more than two-and-a-half hours of witness testimony and arguments late on Friday morning, 56th Circuit Judge C.A. Woodall III upheld the subpoena duces tecum on Trigg County Sheriff Ray Burnam. This requires Burnam to deliver to the 56th Circuit Commonwealth Attorney’s Office all of his investigative materials on the case.

“Prior to my subpoena duces tecum, I was told by Mr. [56th Circuit Commonwealth Attorney G.L.] Ovey, ‘Anything that you have goes to the State Police,’” Burnam said. “I followed that, everything that I got, I notified them immediately.”

Russell’s attorney John Stewart has two more witnesses to call, including an unnamed man who is currently incarcerated and Ovey. Special Prosecutor Tim Coleman is currently prosecuting the case and took over for Ovey after he recused himself.

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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