11-13-2005, 12:35 PM #1Pook
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WA - Chelsea Harrison, 14, found murdered, Vancouver, 2 Nov 2005
VANCOUVER, Wash. -- A grieving mother speaks out about her teenage daughter who was brutally murdered.
Chelsea Harrison, 14, was found dead last week in the basement of a Vancouver duplex.
"I would hate for any parent to have to go through this, you know?" Stephanie Johnson said.
Johnson simply calls it an endless nightmare. The violent death of her daughter is too much to comprehend.
Detectives say she was suffocated by 45-year-old Roy Russell, a man with a violent criminal past.
Russell is being held at the Clark County Jail on $500,000 bail.
11-13-2005, 12:58 PM #2Former Member
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Teenagers tell detectives that they often went to Russell's duplex to party and drink alcohol. Russell was officially charged Thursday with second-degree murder. The judge is allowing him to represent himself in court.
"She's a 14-year-old little girl. What's this 45-year-old man doing with a bunch of kids in the house, buying them beer?"
09-02-2015, 12:02 PM #3
From November 2010:
To Chelsea Harrison, a precocious, pretty 14-year-old, Roy Russell was “Uncle Roy,” a cool guy who let teenagers party at his house.
To prosecutors and judges, Russell was a habitual violent offender who shouldn’t have been free on a fall night five years ago. The three-time convicted felon had been released from prison after a loophole in Washington’s law for persistent offenders said one of his “strikes,” or violent offenses, didn’t count.
As it turned out, Russell had a drinking party for teenagers at his home on the evening of Nov. 1, 2005. Sometime after midnight, Harrison was suffocated to death and left in a basement shower.
A Clark County jury convicted him of second-degree murder and this time, a judge ensured he really did receive a life sentence.
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