Man denied parole for 1993 murder
Hearing regularly scheduled for inmate serving life sentence
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 www.papa.state.ga.us.