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Suspects indicted on murder charges connected to UC professor

Howard, left, and Black, right (provided photos) Howard, left, and Black, right (provided photos)
Randall Russ (provided photo) Randall Russ (provided photo)
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Two men charged for the murder of a University of Cincinnati adjunct professor were indicted on Friday by a Fleming County, Ky. grand jury.

Kevin Howard, 38, and Charles Black, 55, were indicted on charges of murder, kidnapping, tampering with evidence, robbery and theft by unlawful taking in relation to the disappearance of Randy Russ.

Russ, a part-time computer science professor at UC, went missing Aug. 17. He had last been seen at his Dry Ridge home.

Authorities say Black, of Hillsboro, led police in September to a body in Fleming County, claiming it belonged to Russ. According to an affidavit, Black told police that he assisted in burying the body but said Howard, of Owingsville, was responsible for killing Russ.

The green Ford Focus belonging to Russ, 55, was found abandoned near the same location as the human remains, according to Kentucky State Police. Samples from those remains have been submitted for DNA analysis and have yet to be positively identified as Russ. Investigators say the identification process takes several weeks.

Both suspects were arrested and charged in October. They are scheduled to be arraigned on Dec. 5.

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