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Death penalty sought for men charged in UC professor's death

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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Attorneys in Kentucky are seeking the death penalty for two men charged in the death a University of Cincinnati adjunct professor last year.

Kevin Howard, 38, and Charles Black, 55 are accused of kidnapping and then murdering Randy Russ.

Russ, a part-time computer science professor at UC, went missing from his Dry Ridge home in August of 2014. The suspects were arrested one month later when Black led police to remains he claimed belonged to Russ, court documents stated. Russ’ abandoned vehicle was found nearby the remains in Fleming County, Kentucky.

Black told police that he assisted in burying Russ’ body, but claimed Howard was responsible for the murder, according to a court affidavit.

Commonwealth attorneys filed the notice to pursue the death penalty against both suspects on Oct. 14 in the Fleming County Circuit Court. 

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