Karen Overacker Speaks Out About Fred Russell Dateline Special
YAKIMA, Wash-- It's been just over six years now since ex-fugitive Fred Russell killed three WSU students in a drunk driving accident.
Tonight Dateline NBC will air an in-depth look into the hunt for Russell and his trial. Karen Overacker said she's glad the public will now see Fred Russell's true colors. Her son, Brandon Clements grew up in the Lower Yakima Valley and was studying chemical engineering at WSU.
Brandon and his friends were traveling home from the movie theater June 4th 2001 when Fred Russell hit and killed Clements and two other WSU students.
Russell then fled to Ireland. The ensuing man hunt and eventual trail became an emotional roller coaster for the victim's families.
"Especially them doing an interview with Fred Russell I think a lot of people are gonna see what we dealt with. Especially during this three week trial. His attitude and lack of responsibility," said Overacker.
Dateline interviewed Russell from prison. He is currently serving a term of 14 years and 3 months. Overacker said that's not enough. She feels Russell should be serving three terms for the three lives he took.