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Trial date set in robbery, attempted murder case

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By Jeff D'Alessio

A trial date has been set for a Radcliff man charged with a number of crimes in a Radcliff business last year, including attempted murder.

Russell Mario Hughes, 24, was arrested Dec. 30 and charged with attempted murder of a store clerk last January at Brooks Market on South Wilson Road in Radcliff. 

A trial date of June 11 was set Tuesday during a pre-trial conference in Hardin Circuit Court.

Hughes was indicted last month on charges of attempted murder, first-degree robbery, tampering with physical evidence, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon and second-degree persistent felony offense.

Police arrested Hughes after they linked DNA evidence collected near the store to him.

He is lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center on a $100,000 cash bond, according to the jail’s website.

According to an arrest citation, Hughes entered the business Jan. 14, 2013, and fired a handgun multiple times at a store clerk before fleeing. Some items Hughes might have been wearing, as seen in surveillance video from the store, were found nearby.

Police forwarded the items to the Kentucky State Police lab for DNA and gunshot residue analysis. According to the citation, DNA from Hughes and gunshot residue were found on the items.

Police said Hughes entered the market to rob it and when the clerk came around the counter and began throwing items at him, he fired in the clerk’s direction.

Surveillance footage from the market showed a hooded man wearing dark clothing entering and leaving in 15 seconds. He can be seen running away from the store.

If found guilty, Hughes faces up to 20 years in prison for the Class B felony.