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Russell's friend tries to take fall

Posted on: August 11, 2010 7:27 pm
Edited on: August 11, 2010 8:45 pm
Posted by Josh Katzowitz

We should all be as blessed as JaMarcus Russell to have a friend like this. According to the Mobile Press-Register , a buddy of Russell’s claimed responsibility for mixing the codeine-based drink, better known as Purple Drank, that police found in Russell’s residence in July.

After he relayed this bit of news, Marcus Stevenson was arrested.

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Stevenson, when questioned by prosecutors, said he and Russell had partied at clubs the night before and returned home around 7:00 am on July 5th. "We were still hanging out," said Stevenson, who told the judge that Russell took a woman to his bedroom when he went to sleep in the early hours of the morning. The woman was gone before police arrived that afternoon, according to the testimony.

Prosecutors then asked Stevenson who had the Styrofoam cup containing an orange liquid, which investigators say included codeine cough syrup. Stevenson answered "myself," setting off a furry of objections from his attorney.

Judge Charles McKnight scolded Stevenson's attorney, Greg Evans, saying "I'm a little put out." McKnight then told Stevenson his open-court confession means he has waived his right to remain silent.

Still the judge, citing a credibility problem, sent Russell’s case to a grand jury. He’s been charged with possession of a controlled substance.

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