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Trial For Frederick Russell Begins Monday Morning in Kelso, WA

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) - Trial finally begins Monday for Frederick Russell, the man who fled to Ireland after he was charged with killing three Washington State University students in a drunken driving accident.

He is charged with vehicular homicide and vehicular assault.

Court papers say he was drunk and speeding when he caused an accident that killed the three students and injured three others in 2001 on a highway near the University in Eastern Washington.

He fled to Ireland and wasn't tracked down there until 2005.

He was ultimately extradited to the United States.

Russell's Trial will be held in Kelso, in Western Washington.

It was moved from Colfax because the judge feared years of publicity would make it difficult to seat an impartial jury.

He faces 10 to 14 years in prison if convicted.

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