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19-year-old convicted of murder

Guardian Senior Reporter

Published: Oct 12, 2013

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A jury on Thursday convicted 19-year-old Stephan Russell of the murder of his friend whom he claimed set him up with an HIV-positive girl.

According to evidence at the trial, Russell told investigators that he did not intend to kill Tomal Stubbs on November 19, 2011 but he just wanted to hurt him.

Russell in his confession said he was upset that Stubbs had caused him to get AIDS. There was no evidence that Russell is sick.

Russell claimed that Stubbs introduced him to his cousin Samantha and told him she took care of men. He said after drinking Hennessey with Samantha and Stubbs at an apartment in Fox Hill, Samantha showed him her AIDS test result.

Russell said he fell asleep and the following morning he had unprotected sex with Samantha after bathing with her.

Russell claimed police made up the confession and beat him to sign it. However, the jury did not accept his testimony.

Justice Indra Charles will sentence Russell on November 21.


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