Victim's Mother says Russell Trial brings back painful memories
YAKIMA, Wa - Karen Overacker says today it was difficult to contain her anxiety and concentrate at work.
Former Washington State University student Fred Russell was in court today for a pre-trial motion to move his trial from Whitman County. Six years ago, Russell killed three WSU students and injured three others in a crash. The state crime lab says he was legally drunk when he crashed. Russell was finally extradited back to the United States in 2005 after fleeing the country right before the original trial.
Karen's son Brandon Clements was one of the three students killed. He was 22-years-old. Karen still lives in Wapato where she raised her son. She couldn't take time off work so she has friends attending to the pre-trial motion who will keep her posted.
Today, some painful emotions came back and she just wants the whole thing to be over with as soon as possible.
"It's been hard," says Overacker, "To say focused at work, to take care of the house. But it's also good to keep my mind on other things.
Brandon is Karen's only son.
She does plan to attend the trial which is scheduled to start in October.