New special prosecutor named in Claude Russell murder case


Web Editor - Ryan Burkett

TRIGG COUNTY, Ky. - A new special prosecutor has been named in the murder case against Claude Russell.

According to the Paducah Sun, Tim Cole has been named special prosecutor after Commonwealth Attorney G.L. Ovey recused himself last month.

Russell is charged with the 2002 murder of 33-year-old Chantell Humphries. She was found shot to death in a cow pasture.

Russell was arrested soon after Humphries was found, but the charges were dropped because of a lack of evidence. He was tried in September 2012, but the jury couldn't reach a verdict.

Ovey served as prosecutor from the beginning, but stepped down after receiving new information from Trigg County Sheriff Ray Burnam. He said the information could help the defense, and he might be called to testify, which violates state law.

Ovey says the information is useless, but Russell's attorney wants the charges dismissed because the prosecution withheld information.

Tim Cole serves in Commonwealth Attorney in Butler, Edmonson, Hancock and Ohio counties.

Russell is due back in court July 12.