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September 05, 1985

Booker Russell, a former Oakland Raider running back, was arrested by Houston police on a murder charge after allegedly telling sheriff's deputies that he had killed his common-law wife.

Russell, 29, of Houston, was charged in the shooting Monday night of Merline Ruth Dixon, 25. Russell was being held on $10,000 bond.

Russell was a running back for the Raiders in 1978 and 1979 after graduating from Southwest Texas State.

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