Son Of Baltimore Police Commander Charged With Murder
The son of Baltimore Police Lt. Col. Melvin T. Russell has been charged with murder.
According to the Baltimore Sun, Melvin Russell Jr., 28, is accused of stabbing his 49-year-old roommate during a fight Monday on the 4900 block of Challedon Road in Southwest Baltimore.
Police say that both men sustained stab wounds. They were transported to area hospitals. Russell was treated and released. Doctors attempted to save the victim, but he later died as a result of his injuries.
The younger Russell was arrested Tuesday in connection with the stabbing. He was charged with first and second-degree murder, assault and weapons violations. Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby referred the case to Baltimore County prosecutors, citing a conflict of interest.
“State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby has a personal relationship with this family and felt it best to refer this case to an independent prosecutor,” Mosby’s office said in a statement.
According to Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger, Mosby phoned him Tuesday to ask if his office could take over the case.
“I agreed to assign one of my prosecutors immediately to the case,” Shellenberger said. “From this point forward, everything will be handled by my office.”
Specifically, Garret Glennon, chief of the Circuit Court division for the county state’s attorney’s office, has been assigned to the case.
“Every county in the state does this on a fairly routine basis when there are potential conflicts,” Shellenberger said.
The Baltimore Fraternal Order of Police has expressed their support of the lieutenant in the wake of the stabbing.
“There are few men better than Lt. Col. Melvin Russell and we offer our total support as he and his family suffer through this trying time,” the organization tweeted.
As the head of the Baltimore Police Department’s Community Collaboration Unit, Lt. Col Russell has played a crucial role in working to improve the relationship between officers and the citizens of Baltimore.