Victim's Mother Says She'll Attend Russell's Trial
WAPATO, Wa - A victim's mother tells KNDO that she'll attend Fred Russell's trial when he's finally extradited back to Washington.
Russell is charged with allegedly killing Karen Overacker's son and two other WSU students in drunk driving crash nearly five years ago.
"This is probably the most current picture I have of him," says Karen Overacker.
She points to a picture of her son, Brandon Clements, on her desk. He was just 22-years-old when he was killed.
"People probably think, 'Oh it's been five years,' but I think about him every day," says Overacker, "I wake up and that's the first thing on my mind. It's really still kind of hard for me to believe that he's gone."
Overacker has also been thinking about Fred Russell's pending trial. The man who allegedly took her son's life will finally face charges. Russell had been a fugitive for nearly four years until authorities caught up with him in Ireland last fall.
"It's like he's taken the death of our kids and shoved it in our faces," says Overacker.
She plans to attend the trial.
"I want him to see me. I want him to see what he's done to me and I want the chance to tell him what all of this has done to me," says Overacker.
But the news that he'll be extradited is taking a toll, and now, all the painful memories are coming back. On Monday, she became so emotional that she had to leave work.
"At some point you just have to let it out. You know you can't control having a breakdown," says Overacker.
Overacker says that Russell lost his final extradition appeal on Brandon's birthday, so in a way she feels her son had a hand in it.
The Whitman County Prosecutor's Office says they have no timetable on when Russell will be extradited back to Washington or when the trial will start. Overacker says a US Marshall says it could take a couple of weeks.Russell is facing vehicular homicide charges for allegedly killing three WSU students in a drunk driving crash almost five years ago. He fled the country right before the original trial was set to start. Authorities finally arrested Russell last fall in Ireland.