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Attorney expects murder trial to be continued

Friday, June 20, 2003

The murder trial slated for July 8 in Fulton County Circuit Court for accused capital murderer Bryan Shankle will probably be continued until the September jury session, said defense attorney Larry Kissee.

Shankle and his cousin, Bobby Wood-rum, both appeared in Independence County Circuit Court June 16 for a hearing on charges stemming from a jailbreak May 19 from the Independence County jail.

A pre-trial hearing has been scheduled for Shankle Sept. 4 with a jury session of Sept. 23 for theft of property and burglary charges. Woodrum's pre-trial hearing is set for Aug. 8 with a trial date of Aug. 26, according to an Independence County clerk. The suspects are accused of stealing a vehicle after their escape.

Shankle and Woodrum are both scheduled to appear in Independence County Circuit Court Aug. 8 with a trial date set for Aug. 26 for escape and second-degree battery charges.

Kissee said he plans to file a motion for continuance on the murder trial soon. 16th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Don McSpadden said he had no objections to the continuance.

Kissee said he is now able to gain access to DHS, doctor and juvenile records. The task of copying the records has taken a tremendous amount of time, he added.

Woodrum and Shankle were being held in Independence County because they escaped from the Fulton County jail March 23. Both men escaped a second time from the Independence County jail May 19. They were captured eight days after the escape.

Both suspects are facing the death penalty for the murder of Russell "Joe" Fisk. He was found dead June 24, 2002, in his Agnos home with a belt wrapped around his neck.

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