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Packs plead not guilty in Love’s death

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By Susan Sharp

Making their initial appearance in criminal court on Monday, Russell Pack and his brother, Phillip Pack, pled not guilty to the  2008 killing of Jayne Love.

They are set to stand trial in May on the second-degree murder charges.

After being brought up from the county jail in chains and shackles, the duo claimed poverty asking the state to pay their legal fees.

 Criminal Court Judge Shayne Sexton attempted to appoint the public defender’s office to represent one of the brothers but was stopped.

Charles Herman, who heads up the Campbell County office, said there was the possibility of a conflict.

The public defender’s office had at one point, represented Love, Herman said. Along with that, the public defender’s office had been active in collecting funds to assist with her burial.

Sexton said the prior representation was his concern.

Tom Eikenberry was then appointed to represent Russell Pack while Keith Hatfield became Phillip Pack’s attorney.

In June 2007, Love disappeared.

When the family filed a report on her disappearance, they told authorities they had not heard from Love in nearly a month.

Shelby Terry, Love’s mother, also told officials Phillip Pack was the last person she saw her daughter with.

In fact, Love was seen with him by several members of her family, according to Terry.

In September 2008, the remains of a woman were found on Eagle Bluff Mountain by hunters.

 A forensic team was called to the scene where it confirmed the bones belonged to a white female, the offense report from the discovery said. Using dental records medical personnel confirmed the bones were that of Love, the report said.

In December, information in the case  was presented to a Campbell County Grand Jury.

It returned a sealed indictment charging the brothers with second-degree murder in Love’s death.

During a previous interview with the Press, Terry cried tears filled with relief and sadness for her daughter. “At least we got to bury her,” Terry said of a service held for Love on December 6, 2008.

The Packs continue to be held in jail on bonds of $400,000 each.