(12/07/2006)
Accused murderer Ronnie Rush will return to Calhoun Circuit Court this morning, likely to begin the process of getting a new trial.

It was unclear whether or not bond would be set, making Rush eligible for release.

Rush has been incarcerated since his trial in December, 2004.

Calhoun Prosecuting Attorney Matt Minney said "The state intends to go forward with a re-trial."

The WV Supreme Court reversed the conviction of Calhoun County, granting him a new trial, citing improper procedure by the Grantsville Detachment of the WV State Police and their supervisors.

Rush was found guilty of the gruesome 2003 double-slaying of 69-year-old Warden Groves and 60-year-old Mary Hicks. The couple was shot to death in their bed at close range in their home along US 33-119 near Sand Ridge.

The jury convicted Rush of voluntary manslaughter, first-degree robbery, nighttime burglary and conspiracy to commit robbery, although the case lacked forensic evidence.

He was sentenced to consecutive terms totaling at least 45 years.


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