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Opening Statements to Start in Frederick Russell Trial

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KELSO, WA. - The judge in the Frederick Russell case says he expects opening statements to start Thursday.

Wednesday was day two of jury selection, 44 jurors filed into the courtroom.

When finished 15 will make up the final pool, which will consist of 12 jurors and three alternates.

Judge David Frazier dismissed several potential jurors because many admitted they didn't want to be there.

Russell is accused of driving drunk and causing a crash that

Killed three WSU students, and injured three others.

Russell's family has been in the courtroom most of the time watching the proceedings.

The families of the victims were there also.

We talked with the father of Brandon Clements the Wapato man killed in the 2001 crash, he says he's been waiting for this trial to begin for a long time.

Clements stated, " I was looking forward to this... some kind of closer... to leave it wide open like that it just... it hurts.  He was my only son."

We were told none of the victim's parents will testify today, The judge feels it would be too emotional for the jury.