3 arrested, charged with murder in Newport taxi shooting

3 arrested, charged with murder in Newport taxi shooting
Justin Russell (Source: Newport police)
(FOX19 NOW)
(FOX19 NOW)
Source: Newport police
Source: Newport police
Anness (Source: Newport police)
Anness (Source: Newport police)
Baker (Source: Newport police)
Baker (Source: Newport police)

NEWPORT, KY (FOX19) - Three people have been arrested and charged with murder in a possibly drug-related Newport shooting involving a taxi cab.

Newport police said someone shot through the driver's side window of a taxi Tuesday around 11:30 p.m. The vehicle was parked near 911 Saratoga St. with a driver and a passenger inside.

The driver, identified by police as David DePhillips, 38, of Newport, drove off in an attempt to escape and crashed about a block away on Washington Avenue. DePhillips was taken to a hospital with a gunshot wound to the chest and was later pronounced dead, according to police.

The passenger was not hurt.

Police say the interaction may have involved drugs and possibly counterfeit money, adding the shooter and DePhillips may have been familiar with each other. They said it appears just one gunshot was fired.

Witnesses told police DePhillips was homeless, and he frequented the streets of Newport in the cab, which was a legitimate business.

Police say DePhillips had problems with heroin and had posted to social media about that problem prior to the shooting.

On Wednesday night, 20-year-old Justin Russell was taken into custody. According to police, Russell was positively identified by a witness as the shooter. They also said surveillance of the shooting corroborated the timeline of events.

Russell, and now two others, Jarrett Anness and Alyssa Baker, have been arrested and charged with murder.

Russell is being held without bond. Anness and Baker are being held on $1 million bonds.

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