Commonwealth's Attorney G. L. Ovey is asking Circuit Judge Woody Woodall to set a new trial date for Chantell Humphries' murder suspect Claude Russell. In a motion filed Friday, Ovey cites the jury being unable to reach a verdict during the previous trial, and Judge Woodall's decision to declare a mistrial as reasons for a new trail.
Ovey also states that he wants to reserve the right to ask for a change of venue or request the court to exclude certain evidence in the case. Ovey is expected to present his motion during the next Trigg Circuit Court rule day Wednesday afternoon.
The motion for a new trial date comes in conjunction with another motion filed Friday that requests Sheriff Ray Burnam turn over all notes and evidence obtained through an investigation he has been personally conducting in the Chantell Humphries murder case.
The first murder trial of Claude Russell ended in early September after a Trigg Circuit Court jury deadlocked when jurors were unable to reach an agreement whether or not to convict Russell of Humphries' murder.
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