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Fred Russell's Mother Took The Stand In Kelso Thursday

KELSO, Wash. (AP) - Frederick Russell's mother has testified in Kelso she thought her son was killed when he disappeared before his vehicular homicide trial began in 2001.

Russell is on trial for vehicular homicide for the deaths of Washington State University students.

He fled to Ireland just before his trial was scheduled to start.

He was captured in 2005 and later extradited back to the United States.

Linda Wilms Russell says she was so scared because she thought somebody had killed her son.

Wilms Russell said today her family was shaken by threats leading up to the 2001 trial, so much so that friends told her not to check into a hotel in Pullman under her own name.

She says she got a concealed weapons permit.

The 28-year-old Russell also faces charges of vehicular assault.

He's accused of being drunk, speeding, and trying to pass in a no-passing zone when his vehicle was involved in the crash on State Route 270 between the two college towns of Pullman and Moscow, Idaho.

Three WSU students were killed and three were injured.

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