Ex-Defence Force player freed of murder after two years in prison

By August 22, 2018

Ross Russell Jr, a 25-year-old ex Defence Force player in Trinidad and Tobago is free of a murder charge, but not after awaiting trial in prison for two years. 

Russell Jr was accused of the murder of Diego Martin resident Selwyn Gaff but has consistently pronounced his innocence.

The footballer had offered an alibi for the time of the murder and would eventually be released because there was insufficient evidence to keep the trial alive.

According to reports, Russell Jr is considering the next legal steps to take in light of his lengthy incarceration.

He was arrested on suspicion of murder along with his cousin, Balondemu Julius immediately after the discovery of Gaff in the Macqueripe Forest. Martin was alive but barely and lost his battle to overcome the single gunshot he suffered to the abdomen.

Julius is still awaiting trial on the murder charge, along with charges of possession of arms and ammunition and shooting at Gaff’s friend, Jesse Quashie.

Russell Jr, son of former T&T goalkeeper and current Soca Warriors assistant coach, Ross Russell, was a member of the Defence Force team that last won the Trinidad and Tobago Pro League in the 2012-13 season.

Russell was coach of the Defence Force team when his son won the Pro League.

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