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A Spencer County Grand Jury has decided that there is enough evidence to place Raymond Revard. Jr. on trial for the murder of his wife.
Revard, 41, was charged in January for the alleged shooting death of his wife, Lea Revard. When police arrived at the couple’s Normandy Station Road home, they found the 39-year-old woman laying on the kitchen floor with a gun shot wound at the back of her head. In his call to 9-1-1, Revard reportedly told dispatchers that his wife had shot herself.
Spencer County Sheriff Detective Russ Cranmer said Monday that he decided to file the murder charge when Revard’s statements about the incident did not coincide with the physical evidence found at the scene.
“The location and the trajectory of the wound are the two pieces that jumped out at me,” said Cranmer. “In all my years, I’ve never seen anyone shoot themselves in the back of the head.”
At the preliminary hearing, Cranmer testified that the angle of Lea Revard’s wound could not have been self-inflicted. The entry wound suggested that she was shot from the back, at the base of her head and just left of center. The exit wound was at her left temple – a difficult feat for someone right-handed, said Cranmer.
At the preliminary hearing, Cranmer also stated that police found evidence of blood on the shower curtain, in the shower and bloody clothes in the laundry hamper which led them to believe someone had taken a shower sometime before they arrived. Cranmer also said a hand-written note on the kitchen table appeared to be laying on top of other papers that were splattered with blood and bone fragments.
Cranmer said no new evidence was presented at the April 9 grand jury, but jurors did ask questions. They specifically wanted to know if police had any reason to believe that a third person could be inside the home. Cranmer said no.
Following the grand jury’s indictment, the defendant’s attorneys typically file for motions to review the prosecution’s evidence and motions to suppress certain pieces of evidence. With such a high-profile case, Cranmer said it may be a while before Revard sees the inside of a courtroom.
“I would doubt we would have a trial this year,” said Cranmer.
Revard was also indicted with one felony count for tampering with physical evidence.
Only prosecutors and witnesses are presented before grand juries to determine if there is sufficient evidence to proceed with a trial. Revard and his lawyers were not present.