Jury recommends life without parole for man convicted of shooting officer

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OPELIKA, Ala. (WIAT) – After hours of deliberation, the jury has recommended life in prison without parole for Joshua Russell.

Eight of the jurors voted for life in prison and four voted for the death penalty.

Now, the judge will decide whether to go forward with the jury’s recommendation or sentence Russell to death. That is scheduled to happen in a few weeks.

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) – The man accused of fatally shooting an Anniston police officer has been found guilty of capital murder.

Joshua Russell faces life in prison in the death of 27-year-old Justin Sollohub. Investigators have said 26-year-old Russell shot Sollohub during a foot chase in 2011.

Earlier in the trial, Russell’s sister, Cheryl Bush, said he called her the day of the shooting sounded like he was being chased. She said police asked her to convince Russell to surrender to authorities. He was arrested after a manhunt.

The Anniston Star reported the jury deliberated for more than three hours before delivering their verdict.

Russell’s trial was moved to Lee County from Etowah in an effort to find an impartial jury.


Information from: The Anniston Star

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