Well Russel's bond was lowered to $100,000 now. The DA said what was to hold Russel there if he bonded out. Russel's lawyer said he is on disability you can track him through that. Anyway the judge told the DA and county to shit or get off the pot. Bellas death was ruled an accident by the corner. So Russel will still have to be in jail for awhile.
Well Russel's lawyer finally declared that he believes in Russel's innocent! I couldn't be happier with the exception of Russel being free, and CPS leaving Michelle alone. If you all knew the horrors these two have and are still going through! I can't believe the growing list of injustices these two have to deal with. But at least we have the lawyer stepping up.
Missed a call from Russel. The one I did get was so garbled I couldn't hear a word he said. I think it is their recording device. I hope that what I heard is true that the Sheriff only arrested because of pressure from CPS and just waiting for granny jury to not indicate him so they can say they did their job and it's out of their hands and let him go. Keeping my fingers crossed
I received a letter from Russel today. He was trying not to be negative but of course he was. He is staying in solitary because they have him with the bad guys as he is arrested for manslaughter so he is trying to stay to himself. Letters help him pass the time even if it is to say hi hang in there. Even let him know what you are up to.
Today would have been Bellas 5th Birthday, we all sure miss her.Rest in peace baby. Love you.
Ok just a news report about a guy in another county that was just arrested for suspension of killing his girlfriends two daughters yesterday ages 2 and 3. Not being in this county his bond is only $25,000. Tell me this place is just.
Everyday I am here I am convinced that this is a Godless state.Smith county leaves you in a total fog of disbelief. I can't even begin to explain what's going on as I can't believe it myself. There are no words to describe the indignity and hell they want to inflict. Absolutely nothing can prepare you for it. Don't ever come here!
Still hoping for a miracle. Don't seam to be on the horizon yet. Still trying to find a good lawyer. Not seeing anything from the court appointed.
He very well could be locked up for 90 days before going to court. His lawyer has to wait on the prosecutor to even reduce the bond
Because he has been given a public defender we are no longer allowed to talk about the case. I still haven't met him yet. Still wish we had a paid for lawyer, but just know this could take months. Really at this point I don't know what to do. I don't know how long we need to be here. I don't know what we can do now with funding if this lawyer is really going to give his all to help Russel. It just feels like everything is teetering between good and bad. Russel was just thankful that all of you care and that at least the lawyer listen to him. I can't thank all of you enough and we still need to keep going because this is still expensive, they have loss of wages we still need money on his books and in all honesty still trying for a lawyer we can pick. Guess that's it for now.
The picture they are trying to paint is that are more interested in THEIR toys, and ignoring the kids need for toys so why would he noticed that the kids snuck out. So the only way to win their case is to leave out the other toys around the house and outside witch is where most of the toys were. I just can't believe how thoughtless and cruel those people with power can be. Just blows my mind that they want to hurt him this way. Saw a news report yesterday on the Today Show a man forgot his kid in the car for 3 hrs, sadly the baby passed but he didn't get charged. They of course had money. So is this fair?
O.k found some news. Russel has not been indicted, or arraigned. So far just arrested. They still haven't been to a Grand Jury to see if there's enough to indict him. This could take up to 90 days! We can't bond him because they set it so high. So as of now this is what we know. Talked tor lawyer from out of county and would cost $40,000.00. But the good news is their case is flimsy and mostly twisting the facts. They are saying that the kids had vary little toys " in their room" nothing about toys around the house and yard. Also that the appliances and electronics appeared to be expensive in nature. The refrigerator is 4 or 5 years old. The washer and dryer are new he got with back pay.then the phones and computers. Michelle has two desktop for school old laptop. Russel has a laptop. They just upgraded their new every 2 phons. So this what they are twisting that they care more about new electronic than toys for the girls. No mention of the toys outside or all around the house.
Just saw Russel and he is coping better. He is thankful for all your support. We have let him know you all are behind him.
I have seldom had to ask family for help money or otherwise. I never ask friends for money as it can lead to loosing that friendship. I truly have never asked a stranger. I find myself in this position not to simply ask, but I am begging for more than prayers. I need the money to save my SON!! If everyone could please, please just give $5. 5x 200 people could make the difference between 2 to 20 years each charge, to a good lawyer who could get it knocked down or thrown out all together. I know times are tight for everyone but we are talking about $5 bucks. That's less than a gallon of milk and loaf of bread! Cheaper than a pack of cigarettes. If he spends to much time in jail over this I don't know if we will get our sweet boy back. I can't stand the thought this will change him. $5 could save him. Everyone has that. I am asking cousins, brothers, ants, uncle's sisters and most of all complete strangers. I need to save my son from this injustice.!
I am so thankful for the response that we are getting. Thanks soo much!
I want to thank you for your donations that have started coming in. It means so much. Again thank you from the bottom of my heart!
Just saw Russel, he is not holding up well. They held him 24 hours before reading his rights. Please contact everyone you know spread the word. They are pushing everything to last possible moment before doing anything.
Still haven't been able to see Russel yet. I am hoping to see him today. Will let you all know.
We need help to get a lawyer for Russel's defence. Also for expenses for surviving child and mom.They have charged him for Bellas death. He would never hurt his children, and we need money to mied'sure he gets the best help we can. Anything helps. Please don't let this injustice of loosing his child to an accident, and being torn from his family go wrong for lack of good lawyer. He loves his family and country, he served 2 tour's in Iraq and was blown up 2 ied's and medical discharged. Please help Russel get home.