Man de­nied pa­role for 1993 mur­der

Hear­ing reg­u­larly sched­uled for in­mate serv­ing life sen­tence

The Covington News - - Crime & Courts -

AT­LANTA — A Cov­ing­ton man con­victed for a 1993 mur­der was re­cently de­nied pa­role by the State Board of Par­dons and Paroles for the sec­ond time.

Her­bert Rus­sell, 50, was sen­tenced to life for the shoot­ing death of Pa­tri­cia White.

On March 12, 1993, around 1 a.m., New­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice deputies re­sponded to a call of a per­son be­ing shot at a Cov­ing­ton res­i­dence.

Upon their ar­rival, Rus­sell was un­co­op­er­a­tive and did not want to let the deputies en­ter the house. He al­lowed one of the deputies to en­ter the res­i­dence to look for the vic­tim, but as the deputy was search­ing, Rus­sell pulled out a semi- au­to­matic gun and backed the deputy out of the house.

Rus­sell even­tu­ally co­op­er­ated and led law en­force­ment to White’s body, which had been wrapped in a sheet and hid­den in a barn be­hind the res­i­dence. She had been shot in the head.

“ Rus­sell never pro­vided a plau­si­ble ex­pla­na­tion for this crime,” said Pa­role Board Vice-Chair L. Gale Buck­ner. “It doesn’t mat­ter, how­ever, whether he acted out of care­less­ness or some more sin­is­ter mo­tive. He killed Ms. White and the Pa­role Board will hold him ac­count­able for his ac­tions.”

Rus­sell is serv­ing his sen­tence at Rivers State Prison in Hard­wick.

There are ap­prox­i­mately 6,000 in­mates serv­ing life sen­tences in Ge­or­gia’s prison sys­tem. Ap­prox­i­mately 50 per­cent of those cases have been re­viewed and de­nied pa­role at least one time by the Pa­role Board.

All in­mates serv­ing life sen­tences are re­quired to be con­sid­ered for pa­role at spec­i­fied in­ter­vals.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the Pa­role Board, visit

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