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Man charged in girlfriend's murder goes on trial in Indianapolis

Victim was shot and pushed out of her car
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Posted at 5:16 PM, Sep 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-23 17:17:50-04

INDIANAPOLIS—An Indianapolis man charged in the January 2018 murder of his girlfriend is on trial in Marion County Criminal Court.

53-year-old Fredrick Ford allegedly shot Catrina Russell then pushed her out of her car in the 2800 block of East New York Street. Surveillance video from the scene shows the car driving over Russell as it flees the scene.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed in the case, Russell’s daughter told police her mother was preparing to leave Ford. Two days prior to her death, she said, her mother had told Ford he had to find another place to live.

Russell’s daughter also told police she’d heard Ford brag in the past about being “a killer and a robber.”

Police eventually located Russell’s car abandoned near 14th and Kealing streets. Her purse, jacket and .357-caliber revolver were found in an alley nearby.

It took a few weeks to find Ford. According to the affidavit, he told police that he had been in the car with Russell on the day of her shooting, but that they had gotten into a fight and she had left him approximately 22 blocks away from the shooting.

Ford denied ever touching Russell’s gun, but did admit to wearing a dark-colored shirt similar to that described by all three eye witnesses to the shooting.