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Judge denies Revard's request

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By Robin Bass

Raymond Revard, Jr. will still have to wear a monitoring device around his ankle, but can now attend church and school events with his children, said Circuit Judge Charles Hickman Friday. Revard remains on a home incarceration program after being charged in January for the shooting death of his wife, Lea Revard.

Defense attorney Jeffery Stovall requested that his client be removed from the monitoring program during Friday’s status hearing. He cited Revard’s inability to walk his kids to the bus stop, visit his relatives during Christmas and do normal day to day activities.

“My client has been on the program for eight months without incident,” said Stovall. So far, costs to his client for the monitoring program have totaled $4,000. Stovall said with the trial date expected for late summer 2010, costs could amount to more that $10,000.

Commonwealth Attorney Laura Donnell was quick to object.

“He’s lucky enough to be having a holiday with his family,” said Donnell, unlike the victim’s family. She said that Revard’s relatives always take time to appear at his court hearings, certainly they would be willing to visit him at his current residence over Christmas. While awaiting his trial, Revard and his two children live with his sister in Spencer County.

“His bond has already been reduced,” said Donnell, “The fact that he’s compliant only means that HIP (Home Incarceration Program) is working.”

Hickman instructed Stovall that it would be up to his client to present a schedule of upcoming church and school events. This information would then have to be coordinated through the court with Premier, the company responsible for monitoring Revard’s location.

Stovall also requested that the court assist the defense with reviewing evidence collected by the prosecution.

“As of today, we have received two of the 47 items taken from our client’s house,” said Stovall. Among the list of evidentuary items requested were a video of the scene, a notebook, planner and a living will. The two items provided for review by the defense were a faxed copy of a hand-written note and results from a gun shot residue test. Stovall said he wanted to perform an independent test on the hand gun and would need that piece of evidence as well.

Donnell told the court that most of the items requested were still at the state laboratory because of a backlog of cases being investigated. The commonwealth attorney said she had no knowledge of a video.

Hickman told both attorneys to arrange a time when they could look at the evidence together.

Donnell also made requests to have Revard re-fingerprinted and to provide handwriting samples that could be compared with a suicide note. Stovall objected stating that the defendant had already provided fingerprints. Donnell said she would obtain a search warrant for the evidence.

“It seems like there are going to be an unusual amount of delay,” said Hickman, “It’s looking like we’re not going to be able to set a trial date anytime soon.”

Other than the delays with evidence being processed at the state lab, Kentucky does not have currently a handwritting expert. As a result, evidence must go through the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) for review.