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Aug 11, 2010 8:52 PM by Alison Haynes

Alabama grand jury gets drug case against Russell

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - A judge sent the drug possession case
against former Oakland Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell to a
grand jury Wednesday despite testimony that the codeine drink found
at Russell's home belonged to a longtime friend.
District Judge Charles McKnight questioned the credibility of
the testimony given by Marcus Stevenson, who said he made the
codeine-laced drink found in a July 5 raid at Russell's home.
Mobile County Sheriff's Deputy Johnny Thornton testified the
orange-colored drink in Russell's bedroom appeared freshly poured.
Investigators said Russell, who was in the bedroom, told them it
was his Kool-Aid. Thornton said it later tested positive for
codeine.
Thonton also said there nine people in the house and a codeine
bottle without a prescription was found in a cabinet.
Russell's attorney, Donald Briskman, said in an interview with
The Associated Press after the hearing that the codeine bottle was
in a cabinet at a distance from Russell's bedroom. He said
Stevenson told an officer at the home that it belonged to him, not
Russell, but they took no action against Stevenson.
"They didn't arrest him at the scene. They targeted JaMarcus.
... He should have been discharged today," Briskman said.
Stevenson testified at the hearing that he mixed the drink and
didn't make it for Russell. After the hearing, Stevenson was
handcuffed and charged with possession of a controlled substance.
He was released on bond.
Stevenson's attorney, Greg Evans, raised objections to the
questioning of his client, citing his rights against
self-incrimination. He later said Stevenson "was sworn to tell the
truth and that is what he did."
Russell was a Mobile prep star and at LSU and became the No. 1
draft choice in 2007 but was released by Oakland this year after
three disappointing seasons.
It could be months before the grand jury decides if the evidence
warrants an indictment or not.

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