Three charged with taxi driver's murder in Newport
NEWPORT, Ky. (WKRC) - Three people are now charged in the murder of a taxi driver in Newport. Justin Russell, Jarrett Anness and Alyssa Baker are all charged with the murder of David DePhillips.
Police said it was Justin Russell who shot DePhillips in his taxi on Saratoga Tuesday night at about 2 a.m. A woman was in the car with him at the time. Once he was shot, DePhillips drove off and crashed a block away.
Newport police chief Tom Collins said he believes that a drug deal was paid for with counterfeit money and somebody figured out the money wasn't real and that then there was revenge sought against David DePhillips.
Court documents indicate one of the co-defendants stated that Anness allegedly helped plan the robbery turned murder and was a rear-seat passenger in the vehicle when the murder occurred.
During Baker's arraignment, we learned she was allegedly the driver of the vehicle.
The three were arraigned by video Thursday morning and pleaded not guilty. A judge ordered them each held on $1 million bond.
DePhillips and the woman may have been homeless, living in the taxi.