Man Charged With Killing His Cousin

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Man Charged With Killing His Cousin

Post  Jennie on Wed Jun 25, 2008 12:23 pm

Prosecutors Seeking Death Penalty In Man Charged With Killing His Cousin

A 35-year-old Shelby County man charged with capital murder in the death of an 11-year-old relative stood before a judge.

Ryan Gerald Russell showed no emotion at the hearing Friday.

Prosecutors plan to pursue the death penalty for Russell because of the quote "particularly heinous, atrocious and cruel" nature of the child's death.

The sheriff would not elaborate on what this meant exactly but said the details of her death would come out in the trial.

The victim, Katherine Gillespie, was found dead last Monday night in the Inverness home where she and Russell lived.

Russell has had a history of traffic charges including a DUI according to Chief Deputy John Samaniego. A hit and run close to Russell's home is not believed at this time to have anything to do with the death of the child.

Russell was described as her legal guardian and her second cousin.

(source: WAAY TV News)

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