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Posted: Friday, 16 May 2014 4:50PM

Claude Russell Case Heading Into 12th Year



The status of the murder case of Claude Russell, who is accused in the June 2002 shooting death of Chantel Humphries, will go into its 12th year before Circuit Judge Woody Woodall can decide if the case should be dismissed. Judge Woodall allowed defense attorney John Stewart and Special Prosecutor Tim Coleman until October 31 to file any other motions concerning allegations of failure to turn over all evidence, before Woodall decides if the case against Russell should be dismissed or go to trial a second time.

During a Friday hearing in Trigg Circuit Court, the defense called the original Kentucky State Police Detective Michelle Kent to the stand, with Stewart asking her if there were other suspects in addition to Claude Russell.


   
Stewart also asked Detective Kent if there was other evidence that was not included in the case file.


   
Meanwhile current lead Kentucky State Police Detective Steve Silfies discussed a conversation that he had with Trigg County Sheriff Ray Burnam in 2009 that was recorded without his knowledge.


   
When asked if Kentucky State Police were aware of the names of any other potential suspects, Detective Silfies discussed what was in a letter that was allegedly sent by Sheriff Ray Burnam to Kentucky State Police Lt. Brent White that accused then Cadiz Police Chief Hollis Alexander of possibly being involved in the case.


   
Stewart also noted that his line of questioning in the courtroom during the Friday hearing was to show that all of the evidence in the case was not provided to the defense.

    
Meanwhile during the morning session Judge Woodall heard testimony from Commonwealth's Attorney G. L. Ovey, who recused himself from the case in May of 2013. The motion to turn over all evidence in the case was filed in 2013 after allegations surfaced during a December 2012 hearing that all evidence in the case had not been turned over to the defense. The December 2012 hearing was held after Ovey filed a motion for a new trial after Russell's first trial ended in September 2012 with a hung jury.

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