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May 14, 2013 | By Kim Murphy, This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details
JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. - Lt. Col. Michael Jones was the last psychiatrist to see Sgt. John Russell before the sergeant returned to the Iraq mental health clinic with an M-16 rifle, killing two doctors and three other fellow servicemen. In the four years since, Russell's lawyers have laid much of the blame on Jones, who they say mocked Russell's threat to kill himself. But in dramatic courtroom testimony Monday, after a military judge determined Russell had acted with premeditation, Jones offered a fierce defense of the doctors and insisted the killings were not the result of untreated mental illness.
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August 29, 2013 | Eric Sondheimer
This will be my 37th season covering high school football in Southern California. I've lugged around computers that weighed 10 pounds and used pay phones that required a dime to call collect. I've been kicked off fields by athletic directors who thought they were more powerful than a police officer. I've been cursed at by parents who believed in the power of screaming. I've seen some of the greatest high school players in Southern California history: John Elway, Russell White, Justin Fargas, Mark Sanchez....
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January 30, 1991 | BURT A. FOLKART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John Russell, the ruggedly tall, dark and handsome second lead in several motion pictures, a menacing heavy in many more but best known as television's "The Lawman," has died. His son, John James Russell, said Tuesday that his father was 70 when he died in a Los Angeles hospital Saturday of the complications of emphysema. Russell, a native of Los Angeles, was a decorated Marine lieutenant in World War II and became a supporter and spokesman for the corps. His first films date to war's end.
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May 14, 2013 | By Kim Murphy, This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details
JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. - Lt. Col. Michael Jones was the last psychiatrist to see Sgt. John Russell before the sergeant returned to the Iraq mental health clinic with an M-16 rifle, killing two doctors and three other fellow servicemen. In the four years since, Russell's lawyers have laid much of the blame on Jones, who they say mocked Russell's threat to kill himself. But in dramatic courtroom testimony Monday, after a military judge determined Russell had acted with premeditation, Jones offered a fierce defense of the doctors and insisted the killings were not the result of untreated mental illness.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 2001
John A. Russell, 88, founder of the USC Astronomy Department and an expert on phenomena including mysterious green flashes, died Nov. 3 in Thousand Oaks. A native of Ludington, Mich., Russell studied astronomy at UCLA and earned his doctorate at UC Berkeley. He became the first person to teach astronomy full time at USC and chaired its developing department. When strange lights and sights appeared over Southern California, news media frequently called Russell for the explanation.
REAL ESTATE
December 18, 1988
In a major restructuring of the realty firm, John G. Russell has been named president of the western regions of Grubb & Ellis Co. An employee of the firm since 1971, Russell has been president of the concern's Irvine-based Pacific Southwest Region, covering Southern California, Arizona and Hawaii, since 1985.
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February 27, 2004 | Bill Christine, Times Staff Writer
John Russell, a thoroughbred trainer who won national championships with Susan's Girl in 1972 and '73, died Wednesday at his home in Del Mar, Calif. Russell, 67, had been battling cancer. A native of England, he took out a trainer's license in 1958, and trained many years for the Ogden Phipps family and Fred Hooper, two of the biggest stables in the United States. Russell, who launched a public stable in Southern California in 1980, retired from training in 1995. He trained 55 stakes winners.
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April 15, 2013 | By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times
SHERMAN, Texas - Sgt. John Russell designed his new house here so there would be room for everyone: for him and his wife, Mandy, his wife's parents and his own. There was a doggie door for Louie and Queenie - "the little ones," he called them in his emails. It was where he wanted to spend the rest of his life when he got home from Iraq, he'd say as he shared photos of the latest construction. After a dispute with a co-worker, Russell fretted that he'd get demoted and would not be able to make the payments.
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May 6, 2013 | By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times
JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. - Army Sgt. John Russell opened fire on U.S. mental health workers at a combat stress center in Iraq out of revenge after doctors said he was not eligible to leave the Army, prosecutors said Monday at the opening of Russell's court-martial on charges of premeditated murder. Five U.S. servicemen were shot to death at the Camp Liberty clinic in 2009. The defense claims that Russell suffered from chronic stress and mental illness that flamed into a psychotic fury.
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April 22, 2013 | By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times
JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. - U.S. Army Sgt. John Russell pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of five fellow service members and the attempted murder of another in Iraq in 2009 after the government agreed not to seek the death penalty. Russell, 48, was dispassionate and matter-of-fact as he gave his first public account of his methodical march with an M-16 rifle through the Camp Liberty combat stress center - the only mass killing of Americans by a U.S. serviceman during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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May 11, 2013 | Kim Murphy
JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, WASH. - The court-martial of Army Sgt. John Russell concluded Saturday with a military judge asked to decide whether the 14-year Army veteran was deluded by depression and despair as he shot five fellow service members in Iraq, or was executing a calculated plan of revenge against psychiatrists who had blocked his hopes for an early exit from the Army. In closing arguments after a week of testimony, Judge David L. Conn was presented two starkly different views of what drove Russell, 48, to seize his escort's M-16 rifle and gun down five people at the Camp Liberty combat stress center at the Baghdad airport on May 11, 2009.
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May 6, 2013 | By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times
JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. - Army Sgt. John Russell opened fire on U.S. mental health workers at a combat stress center in Iraq out of revenge after doctors said he was not eligible to leave the Army, prosecutors said Monday at the opening of Russell's court-martial on charges of premeditated murder. Five U.S. servicemen were shot to death at the Camp Liberty clinic in 2009. The defense claims that Russell suffered from chronic stress and mental illness that flamed into a psychotic fury.
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April 22, 2013 | By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times
JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. - U.S. Army Sgt. John Russell pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of five fellow service members and the attempted murder of another in Iraq in 2009 after the government agreed not to seek the death penalty. Russell, 48, was dispassionate and matter-of-fact as he gave his first public account of his methodical march with an M-16 rifle through the Camp Liberty combat stress center - the only mass killing of Americans by a U.S. serviceman during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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April 15, 2013 | Kim Murphy
SEATTLE - On the day Sgt. John Russell allegedly walked into the mental health clinic at Camp Liberty in Baghdad and shot five U.S. service members to death, Pfc. Jacob Barton was just signing in at the front desk. It was the day after Mother's Day, the first since his mother had died the previous year, and he was depressed. “He didn't have anyone to call,” said his sister, Hannah Barton, who had enlisted in the Army before her brother. As Barton, 20, prepared to check his weapon at the desk, Russell began shooting, prosecutors say, and another soldier tried in vain to grab Barton's weapon and return fire.
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April 15, 2013 | By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times
SHERMAN, Texas - Sgt. John Russell designed his new house here so there would be room for everyone: for him and his wife, Mandy, his wife's parents and his own. There was a doggie door for Louie and Queenie - "the little ones," he called them in his emails. It was where he wanted to spend the rest of his life when he got home from Iraq, he'd say as he shared photos of the latest construction. After a dispute with a co-worker, Russell fretted that he'd get demoted and would not be able to make the payments.
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December 11, 2012 | By Kim Murphy
SEATTLE - A military judge has ruled that defense examiners can utilize hypnosis to help Army Sgt. John Russell penetrate the haze of amnesia he says prevents him from remembering the day he allegedly killed five fellow service members at a mental health clinic in Iraq. Monday's ruling is a boost for the defense, which hopes to show that Russell should not face the death penalty because he was suffering from a mental breakdown brought on by longstanding depression, mental illness and Army psychiatrists who allegedly taunted him instead of treating him. Judge David L. Conn also authorized the defense to hire an expert to conduct tests for signs of physical brain damage, but ruled that defense lawyers hadn't shown they need additional experts to analyze whether there were deficiencies in the psychiatric care that Russell received at the hands of Army doctors.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 11, 1989
A quote from a Cat Stevens song: I listen to the wind / To the wind of my soul / Where I end up / Where I think / Only God really knows. JOHN RUSSELL Costa Mesa
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October 5, 1985 | CHARLES CHAMPLIN, Times Arts Editor
There used to be a joke about the frontier judge who sentenced a man to 50 years at hard labor and then said, "It's a good thing you were innocent or I'd really have thrown the book at you." They knew how to make heroes and villains in those days, on and off the bench--and with and without badges. There wasn't time for ambiguity, and I've always been sure that their clarity was one of the great appeals of the Westerns.
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October 10, 2010 | By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times
Few people can get away with telling an anecdote about being on safari in Africa and make it sound like a trip to the supermarket. But for Elton John, that's precisely how and where he became inspired to call his keyboard-playing pal Leon Russell after more than three decades since they'd last spoken. That call ultimately led them to record "The Union," a duet album coming out Oct. 19. "In 2008, I did a [Sundance cable channel] program called 'Spectacle,' which I produced with my partner, David Furnish," said John, 63, referencing the Elvis Costello-hosted music interview-performance series he helped create.
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July 26, 2009 | Tony Perry
Tears come to Elizabeth Russell's eyes when she thinks of the five Americans her son is accused of gunning down in a moment of rage in Iraq. She prays for them at St. Patrick Catholic Church in nearby Denison: the Navy officer, the Army psychiatrist and the three Army enlisted men; their widows, their parents and their children. She also prays for her son, Army Sgt.
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