Testimony Continues In The Claude Russell Murder Triall
Jurors in the Claude Russell murder trial have now listened to three interviews with Russell, the last of which was conducted on March 7, 2003.
In the March interview, Russell finally admitted he and Chantel Humphries had oral sex and regular sex as well as that he gave her his gun, which he claims was not loaded. He also told detectives, with his lawyer present, that he was scared of what would happen if he told them these things during the original interview.
Russell says Humphries needed the gun for protection.
FBI ballistics expert, Erich Smith testified that the bullets that killed Humphries came from the gun owned by Russell. However, Russell claims in the March interview that the gun was returned to him shortly after Humphries’ death.
But the one consistence, according to Russell’s attorney John Stewart, was that Russell maintained his innocence.
Stewart also brought a new revelation to light about how the case came to be prosecuted again.
Also testifying Wednesday were several key forensic witnesses discussing fingerprints, DNA, ballistics and trace evidence.
All that evidence was then testified about by fingerprint experts from the Kentucky State Police and the FBI. KSP Latent Print Analyst Paul Dorman testified that of all the prints sent to him the only one he could positively identify was a footprint found in Russell’s car, which belonged to Humphries.
Commonwealth’s Attorney GL Ovey also called DNA experts to the stand from KSP and Fairfax Labs in Virginia, where the DNA testing was conducted. DNA Analyst Danielle Daniels testified that the sample of Humphries’ panties sent in for testing included both her DNA and that of Claude Russell, with her results stipulating there was a fewer than 1 in 4 quadrillion chance anyone else in the world had the same DNA.
Kenneth Rider and Tracey Kaeff, both trace analysts with the KSP Central Crime Lab, testified about trace from the car and from Humphries’ body. Rider says Humphries’ right hand had gunshot residue on the back between her index and thumb, which could mean she fired a gun, that she was in close proximity to gun fire or that she came in contact with something that had gunshot residue on it.