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Kentucky men plead guilty in death of UC professor

Charles Black and Kevin Howard (provided photos) Charles Black and Kevin Howard (provided photos)
Randy Russ (Photo provided) Randy Russ (Photo provided)
FLEMING COUNTY, KY (FOX19 NOW) -

Two men charged in the death of a University of Cincinnati professor entered guilty pleas in the case Friday.

Charles Black and Kevin Howard both were originally charged with murder in the death of Randall Russ, but pleaded guilty to lesser charges.

Black, 52, pleaded guilty to facilitation of robbery and two counts of tampering with physical evidence. Howard, 39, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and two counts of tampering with physical evidence.

The men admitted to their role in the 2014 death of Russ.

Black told police Russ and Howard were at his home in Hillsboro on Aug. 15, 2014.  Howard asked Black to leave and when he returned, Black found Russ beaten to death. The two men then loaded Russ into his own car and drove him to a remote location near Ringos Mill Grange City in Fleming County burying him in a shallow grave.

Howard then burned a mattress to hide the body from authorities. Black admitted he did help remove the body and burned the mattress. 

Russ, who is from Grant County, was reported missing that same date.

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