New charge against suspected triggerman in Newport cab driver homicide

New charge against suspected trigger man in Newport cab driver homicide (WKRC)

NEWPORT, Ky. (WKRC) - The suspect believed to be the triggerman in the death of a Newport cab driver now faces an additional charge.

Police originally charged 20-year-old Justin Russell with murder in the shooting of 48-year-old David DePhillips last month. DePhillips was in his cab.

Surveillance video shows a gunman shooting from outside the vehicle.

Russel and two co-defendants appeared in Campbell County court Monday.

Russell is now also charged with tampering with evidence for allegedly selling the gun the next day.

A witness in the cab heard Russell talk to the driver.

  • Michelle Snodgrass, Campbell County Commonwealth's Attorney: "So the conversation that has taken place that the witness heard was: Do you know where Richie lives or is?"
  • Witness: "When they said no the individual asked for a dollar."
  • Snodgrass: "When the victim said 'I don't have a dollar' the gun was raised and he was shot in the chest?"
  • Witness: "Yes."

The murder charges against the two co-defendants, Jarret Anness and Alyssa Baker, have been changed to 'complicity to commit murder' but the potential penalty is the same.

Anness was also charged on Monday with evidence tampering.

All three suspects remain locked up in lieu of $1 million.

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