KELSO, Wash. - The jury has issued their verdict in the vehicular homicide case against Frederick Russell. They have found him guilty on all charges of vehicular homicide.
The verdict was handed down at 4:20 pm on Tuesday, November 06, 2007.
Fred Russell was originally charged for a crash in 2001 that killed 3 Washington State University students and injured 3 others.
After the crash, Fred Russell fled to Ireland.
He was on the U.S. Marshall's most wanted list until he was captured 2 years ago.
Both sides presented their case during 2 weeks of deliberation.
The prosecution focused on Russell's alcohol intake the night of the crash as well as the speed of his vehicle.
Defense attorneys, however, argued that blood evidence showing that Russell was drunk at the time of the crash had been compromised. They also argued that Russell fled to Ireland because both his and his mother's lives had been threatened multiple times after the crash occurred.