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KSP Detective Ben Wolcott Honored For Service In Winstead Case

Date of News Release: 04/21/2006

an image of Det. Ben Wolcott, Right Larry Willis Assistant Special Agent In Charge Louisville Office, Click to enlarge Madisonville, KY - On Wednesday, April 19, 2006, Kentucky State Police Detective Ben Wolcott was presented with a plaque of appreciation from the Federal Bureau of Investigation for his efforts in the Russell Earl Winstead case.

"Detective Wolcott's contributions to this investigation were immeasurable, and you have the gratitude of the FBI for all you did to help accomplish the objectives of this investigation", stated FBI Assistant Special Agent In Charge, Larry Willis. Captain Leslie Gannon, Commander of Post 2-Madisonville, stated, "I commend Detective Wolcott for his tenacity and multi-agency coordination which demonstrated his unwavering commitment to the successful resolution of this investigation".

Winstead is accused of entering the residence of Anna Mae Branson in Madisonville, KY on January 12, 2003 and killing her. On July 15, 2003 Russell Winstead was indicted by the Hopkins County Grand Jury for the murder and first degree robbery of Anna Branson. Prior to the indictment being handed down, Winstead fled the United States to Costa Rica.

Russell Earl Winstead was featured on Fox Television's America's Most Wanted on February 19, 2005. Winstead was arrested by Costa Rican officials in San Jose, Costa Rica on May 3, 2005. He was extradited to the United States and returned to Hopkins County on February 24, 2006. His trial is scheduled to begin in Hopkins Circuit Court in September of 2006.

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