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Update: Johnson City man charged with murder, attempted murder in grandparents' stabbings

December 8th, 2011 5:00 pm by Becky Campbell

Update: Johnson City man charged with murder, attempted murder in grandparents' stabbings

Police have charged a 20-year-old Johnson City man with the murder of his grandmother and the attempted murder of his grandfather in a double stabbing Thursday at their Stoneybrook Heights apartment.
Cody Russell is scheduled to be arraigned this morning on first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder charges.
His 62-year-old grandmother, Freida Russell, died at the scene of the stabbings at 512 Swadley Road, Apt. 9. His grandfather, 65-year-old Clifford Russell had a life-threatening neck wound and underwent emergency surgery at Johnson City Medical Center.
Despite his injury, the man was able to tell family members that his grandson had attacked the couple and ran from the apartments, police said.
During the investigation, Johnson City police Investigator Keith Sexton was speaking to reporters when Cody Russell walked through the apartments' parking lot in an attempt to get to a vehicle.  Sexton identified him and arrested him.
Cody Russell was jailed in the Washington County Detention awaiting this morning's arraignment in Sessions Court in Jonesborough.
Clifford Russell remained in critical condition this morning at JCMC, said a Mountain States Health Alliance spokeswoman.
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Earlier report:
The suspect in a double stabbing that left one person dead Thursday was arrested at the scene after he walked past an officer being interviewed by media.
Cody Russell, 20, was taken into custody by Johnson City Police Investigator Keith Sexton as the officer was giving a reporter the suspect’s description.
“Sir, where are you going,” Sexton asked the young man.
“To my car,” the man replied.
That’s when Sexton saw the man was shoeless and had his hands tucked under his arms.
“What’s your name?” Sexton asked.
“Cody Russell.”
Sexton ordered Russell to put his hands behind his back and made the arrest as other officers and investigators responded to Sexton’s call for back-up.
The search for Russell began around 5 p.m. after two people were stabbed at Stoney Brook Apartments off Swadley Road.
Police said the victims were in two separate apartments, but gave no further details about the identification of the dead and injured.
Washington County/Johnson City EMS reportedly transported an “elderly victim” with a stab wound to the neck.
City police officers fanned out in the immediate area looking for the suspect, who was on foot at the time while K9 Officer Rex and his handler, Sgt. Eric Dougherty, searched a nearby field.
After officers dispersed to search other areas, Russell walked past Sexton.
No other details were available on the incident late Thursday.
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Earlier report:
Johnson City police are on the scene of a reported double stabbing at apartments on Swadley Road on the south end of town and are searching for a suspect.
Radio transmissions indicated at least one victim was being taken to a local hospital from Stoneybrook Apartments. The incident was reported around 5 p.m.
A suspect is apparently on foot, and Johnson City police dogs are assisting officers in the search. Carter County Sheriff's Department deputies also are helping Johnson City police in the investigation.
The Johnson City Press has a reporter and photographer at the scene.
Keep visiting JohnsonCityPress.com for details on this developing story.


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