KELSO, Wash. -- After four days of jury selection, the trial for Fred Russell has finally begun. Opening statements started around 10:30 Friday morning after jury selection took much longer than originally thought.
Witnesses Friday afternoon included the doctor who treated Fred Russell on the night of the accident and two eyewitnesses from that night. The state called Brad Raymond as one of their first witnesses. He was one of the first to arrive on scene and one of the first to call 911.
Here's what Raymond had to say about how Russell acted just moments after the accident. He says he was "just kind of standing there really not reacting to anything, almost for lack of a better word, oblivious to anything that was going on in the situation."
The defense argued that the prosecution did not provide them with witness summaries before the trial. They said they needed more time to interview individual witnesses before they took the stand. Judge David Frazier denied that request.