TFC Jay Thomas
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 1, Mayfield
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KSP Charge Trigg County Man with 2002 Murder of Chantell Humphries
Date of News Release: 07/18/2011
(Cadiz, Ky.) -- A Trigg County man wanted for murder has turned himself in to the Kentucky State Police. At 8:30 AM on July 18th, Claude Russell came to the Trigg County Courthouse where he turned himself in to Kentucky State Police detectives. The arrest is the result of an investigation into a cold-case murder which occurred over nine years ago in Trigg County. On June 24th, 2002, 33-year-old Chantell Humphries was found shot to death in a field near Wallonia Road in rural Trigg County. The investigation into the murder began immediately and continued for nearly a decade.
On July 12th, 2011, Kentucky State Police Detective, Steve Silfies, presented the case to a Trigg County grand jury who returned an indictment for murder on 34-year-old Claude Russell of Cadiz. On Monday, Russell was arrested and charged with Capital Murder. Claude Russell was lodged in the Christian County Jail on a $500,000 cash bond.
"The murder of Chantell Humphries is a prime example of the Kentucky State Police never losing faith on a case; even one that has gone unsolved for almost a decade. A case is labeled cold only because of its shelf-life," states Trooper Dean Patterson, Post 1 spokesman. "These cases are never cold to the personnel investigating them. We owe it to the victim, their family, and friends to bring the responsible party to justice."
Original News Release Below:
KSP Seeking Man Wanted for the 2002 Murder of Chantell Humphries
Date of News Release: 07/15/2011
(Mayfield, Ky.) -- Kentucky State Police are seeking the publics' assistance in locating a Trigg County man wanted for murder. Thirty-four year old, Claude Russell is wanted for the murder of Chantell Humphries in June of 2002 in Trigg County. State Police detectives have been investigating the case for nearly a decade. On Tuesday, July 12th, 2011, a State Police detective presented the case to a Trigg County Grand Jury where they found enough evidence to indict. On Friday, July 15th, a warrant was issued for Claude Russell who has not been located. Claude Russell is a black male standing six feet tall and weighing approximately 160 lbs. He is still believed to be in the Cadiz/Trigg County area. Anyone knowing the location of Claude Russell is asked to contact the Kentucky State Police at 1-800-222-5555 or 270-856-3721.