Russell's Vehicular Homicide Trial Will Be Held in Whitman County
COLFAX, Wash. - A judge has decided to keep Fred Russell's vehicular homicide trial in Whitman County. The court will first try to find an impartial jury there, but if they can't do that, it appears jurors from other counties will be brought in.
Russell is accused of driving drunk, and causing an accident that killed three people, and injured three others. Brandon Clements of Wapato died, Sameer Ranade of Kennewick was seriously injured.
Ranade is frustrated by all of the legal wrangling that's happened in Fred Russell's case so far. Russell's attorney wants blood test results showing Russell was legally drunk after the crash thrown out.
Ranade says, "I don't know why (Fred Russell) is trying to avoid the truth about the situation. Even if he could say he wasn't drunk, that's why he wants the blood evidence thrown out, the fact remains that he was driving 90 miles an hour in the wrong lane and plowed into us."
There was no decision made on the blood evidence Tuesday. The blood samples were accidentally destroyed before Russell's defense team could have them analyzed, so they're asking for the results to be thrown out.