Murder Trial Moved to Muhlenberg County

A Hopkins Circuit Judge ordered Russel Winstead's trial to be moved to Muhlenberg County and scheduled it to begin August 14th.

Winstead is charged with killing his 85-year-old-aunt, Ann Branson.

Branson was a well-known Madisonville business-woman.

She was found stabbed to death in the basement of her home in January 2003.

Winstead was arrested in May 2005 outside a hotel in Costa Rica.

As part of the extradition agreement prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty.

Hopkins Circuit Judge James Brantley said yesterday that a number of factors entered into his decision and enough factors have "accumulated" that he felt it necessary to make the move.

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