Teen pleads guilty to Russell’s death

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By Patrick Yost

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A Madison teen, first arrested at 16–years–old in the brutal beating of a 51–year–old man who eventually died, pled guilty Monday on one count of voluntary manslaughter.

Javories Dominic Anderson, 19, was sentenced to 20 years, with 15 years to serve in a penitentiary and the remainder to be served on probation.

Anderson was originally arrested by Madison Police Department officers on April 12, 2014, the same day Willie Paul Russell was found unconscious on the ground near a walking path between Mapp Street and Burney Street.

Initially Anderson was indicted on aggravated assault and aggravated battery charges during the September, 2014 sessions of the Morgan County Grand Jury. At that time indictments alleged that Anderson’s attack on Russell “… serious disfiguring his body by repeatedly hitting and kicking him about the face and head…” The indictment also alleged that Anderson’s attack rendered “… a member of (Russell’s) body, his brain, useless by repeatedly hitting and kicking him about the face and head…” At the time, Det. Wes Thompson said Russell had last been seen unharmed at approximately midnight the day of the attack.

Russell died on November 23, 2014 and after his death a Georgia Bureau of Investigation autopsy alleged that Russell’s death was a “homicide due to complications of blunt force trauma caused by assault,” reports state.

Anderson lost juvenile protection after the initial indictment on aggravated assault was presented and the decision was made to try him as an adult.

Initially, Thompson said authorities believed the motive for the attack and beating was robbery.

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