Dr. Stephanie Russell, a former Owensboro doctor, has been arrested on suspicion of murdering her ex-husband with the help of an undercover FBI agent. According to the US Department of Justice, Russell was charged with utilizing interstate commerce facilities to commit murder-for-hire. Russell, 52, was apprehended by FBI investigators on May 19 at 5.40 p.m. The doctor is originally from Owensboro and most recently worked in Louisville at Kidzlife Pediatrics.
Stephanie Russell was found guilty of gun-for-hire.
According to sources, Russell agreed to pay $7,000 in restitution for the murder and placed half of the cash, $3,500, in a dropbox outside her medical office on May 18. Russell was being detained in a federal prison in Oldham County after being charged with murdering her ex-husband. She made her first appearance before a US Magistrate Judge in the US District Court for the Western District of Kentucky.
Russell’s ex-husband began divorce proceedings in 2018, according to court documents, and the divorce was finalized two years later in 2020. Prior to her arrest, they were disputing for custody of the child. In a lawsuit filed against the court that granted her ex-husband temporary full custody of the couple’s two children, her lawyer called the allegations “preposterous.”
According to reports from WAVE,
“According to court filings, Russell and her ex-husband have been fighting for custody of their two children for at least two years.”
On May 24, her pretrial detention will be examined during a hearing. She faces a maximum sentence of ten years in federal prison if convicted. According to prosecutors,
“The federal criminal system has no provision for parole.”
A federal district court judge’s punishment will be determined by the US Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory circumstances. The remark was given by US Attorney Michael A. Bennett of the Western District of Kentucky.
All About Stephanie Russell
Dr. Stephanie Russell is a pediatrician at Louisville’s Norton Children’s Hospital. She graduated from the University of Louisville School of Medicine with a medical degree. She has nearly 20 years of experience working with youngsters. Russell was accused of hiring a hitman, who turned out to be a member of the FBI’s clandestine operations, to assassinate her ex-husband, according to court documents. The FBI and the Louisville Metro Police Department are investigating the incident, according to reports.
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