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October 23, 2001
Fred Russell disappears 3 days before he was set to go to trial for the crash that killed 3 people.

October 23rd, 2001
Investigators say a friend drives Fred Russell to Calgary, Alberta.  Investigators say Russell took money from his father's account.
From there he flew to England and made he was to Ireland.

October 31, 2001
Russell's trial is cancelled.

November 1, 2001
The Moscow-Pullman Daily News announces it has received a letter from Fred Russell. The paper reports that Russell claims he had no choice but to leave the area before his trial began. The letter is postmarked from Reno, Nevada.

December 10, 2001
Alex Moreno is charged with trying to get a bartender to lie about how much alcohol he served Russell before the accident.  Whitman County prosecutors tell KHQ they believe Moreno may know something about Russell's disappearance.

March 22, 2002
Whitman County deputies send a detective to an undisclosed city to try to track down Fred Russell.

March 29, 2002
The Whitman County Sheriff who was tracking Fred Russell is hit by a drunk driver and is in the hospital. Sgt. Pat Kelley is hit by a blue pickup near Irrigon, Oregon.  Kelley was traveling back from California.  Sgt. Kelley has several broken bones. He never returns to duty.

April 30, 2002
The surviving victims of the crash talk to KHQ.  See that interview in the video player.

April 30, 2002
Greg Russell talks about his son, Fred's, disappearance. Greg Russell says he believes his son left town because of death threats Fred received after the crash.

October 24, 2003
Greg Russell announces that he has heard from his son twice in the past two years. Greg Russell issues a release saying his son called him shortly after leaving Whitman County.  The elder Russell says he urged his son to turn himself him.  Greg Russell also says he knows who helped his son escape.

February 17, 2004
A federal indictment gives some insight into where Russell went and who helped. It accuses 35 year old, former Pullman resident, Bernadette Olson of lying to federal law enforcement during a November 02' interview that she saw no indication that Russell was about to flee during a visit to his home in October. Investigators say the reality was that Olson saw Russell had packed several pieces of luggage and drove him to Calgary the night before his trial was to begin.

March 24, 2004
Bernadette Olson, an assistant professor of Criminal Justice at a Florida University, resigns her position and pleads guilty to making a false statement and admits to driving Russell to Calgary National Airport on Oct 23rd, 2001.

January 2005
Russell is working as a security guard in a women's boutique, using the name David Carroll, when a tip comes in that he is in Dublin.

Jaunuary 2005 - October 23, 2005
Russell is arrested in Dublin

Irish security video confirms Russell's identity and authorities track him until Irish and American law enforcement can negotiate his arrest in October 2005,

November 8, 2005
Russell makes a brief court appearance. Bail hearing set for November 14th.

November 14, 2005
Fred Russell is denied bail. A Dublin judge saying that Russell has run from the law once and there is no guarantee that he won't run again.
Russell remains in an Irish jail until an extradition hearing is set.

November 22, 2005
KHQ travels to Dublin where Frederick Russell has been living for the past 4 years.

December 13, 2005
Russell makes another court appearance. His is again ordered to stay in Irish custody until a full extradition hearing happens sometime after the first of the year.

February, 24, 2006
The extradition hearing is underway in Dublin. The judge hearing arguments for and against extradition.  Russell's attorneys saying Russell would not get a fair trail and his life is in danger if he is returned.  The hearing is continued.

May 23, 2006
The extradition battle has lasted nearly 7 months.  Russell, dressed in a suit and tie, look calm as the judgement was delivered.  His girlfriend, Hazel McNaboe, who has been at his side all along, sobbed and put her head on his shoulder.

THE JUDGE TOLD THE HIGH COURT THAT ALL DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR THE EXTRADITION WERE IN ORDER AND SAID QUOTE "I HAVE GIVEN THIS MATTER CONSIDERABLE CONSIDERATION AND HAVING DONE SO I HAVE CONCLUDED THAT THE ORDER FOR EXTRADITION SHOULD BE MADE."

May 23, 2006
Russell is the first American to be extradited from Ireland since 1997.  Twelve other requests were either rejected or failed.

June 15, 2006
An Irish judge grants Russell's attorney more time to prepare an appeal to the extradition order.

October 9, 2006
Russell is slated to appear before the Irish Supreme Court. That hearing is postponed.

October 21, 2006
Fred Russell's request for political asylum in Ireland is denied. Ireland's high court rules that Russell can return to Whitman County to face charges.


November 8, 2006
Fred Russell returns to Whitman County after flying into Spokane International Airport.

November 13, 2006
Former fugitive, Fred Russell, makes his first appearance in a Colfax courtroom after being extradited back to the U.S. He enters a not guilty plea on two counts of forgery and theft. He also faces 3 counts of vehicular homicide and 3 counts of vehicular assault. December 21, 2007
An October 8th trial date is set.

June  30, 2007
Russell's lawyer is trying to have his trail moved out of Eastern Washington.

Source; This timeline is assembled from KHQ archives

 

 

 

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