At a hearing on Friday, Woodall gave Russell’s attorney John Stewart until Monday, Aug. 11, to file briefs to support his motion to dismiss and Special Prosecutor Tim Coleman until Friday, Oct. 10, to file briefs to oppose Stewart’s motion to dismiss. He also gave Stewart until Friday, Oct. 31, to file rebuttal briefs.
During the hearing, Kentucky State Police Detective Michelle Kent, who was the original lead detective on the case, and KSP Detective Steve Silfies, who is the current lead detective, were called to the stand. Stewart asked Kent if there were other suspects besides Russell. Kent said there wasn’t.
“Sergeant [Eric] Walker basically told us that Claude Russell had committed the crime, and that we were to go out and prove it.” Kent said.
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