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Oxford man killed during argument with wife

Posted June 11, 2014
Updated June 12, 2014

— An Oxford man died early Wednesday and his wife was charged with second-degree murder after she allegedly stabbed him during an argument.

Granville County Sheriff Brindell Wilkins said deputies went to the home of Rotonya and Carlos Russell, at 4238 Belltown Road, around 2:30 a.m. after Rotonya Russell's 15-year-old daughter called 911.

Carlos Russell, 35, had just gotten off work and his wife, 40, had returned home after a night out with friends when they started fighting, and the argument escalated into violence, Wilkins said.

"He immediately ran outside into the yard up to the neighbor's house and was beating on the door for them to help him," the sheriff added.

"She was extremely upset, hysterical," he said of the girl, who reported in the frantic 911 call that her stepfather was stabbed in the neck but that he was still awake and talking.

"My mama and daddy were arguing, and it was an accident," she said.

Carlos Russell died at Granville Medical Center, and Rotonya Russell was jailed under a $100,000 bond.

Wilkins said deputies have had to go to the home in the past because of arguments but that there was never any indication of violence.

Those who know the couple – who also have two young sons – said arguing wasn't uncommon for them. Friend Pamela Lester said she had warned Rotonya Russell about the fighting.

"I've always told her to think, because something might happen that you can't take back," Lester said.

Marquis Skinner, a relative of Carlos Russell, said he never thought the fighting would lead to violence.

"They were kind of back and forth," Skinner said. "They would break up every now and then, but I thought everything was love. I didn't think anybody would get stabbed."


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  • 50s Child Jun 12, 2014

    Joyce, Tierne....have you ever heard of TEENAGE girls? You know, as in she's fifTEEN? Or in your world are all girls "little" until they're 21?

    If she's a "little girl", does that mean you see no difference between her and a 5 year old? I'll bet it does. I'll bet it does.

    You would never refer to a 15 year old male as a little boy, so drop the sexist double standards.

  • landonsgrampa Jun 11, 2014

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    Did you miss the part about her using a knife? It's pretty hard to stab someone with a gun. At least I figure it would be. I have never actually tried to stab anyone or anything, with a gun. Seems it would be a waste of time.

  • joycee488 Jun 11, 2014

    It does not matter that the girl is 15 years old! She is still a young girl who now has lost both parents and has to live with the violence she has seen. Age does not make it easier!

  • tierneemalinadeveaux Jun 11, 2014

    "There was no little girl mentioned. There was a 15 year old girl…"

    Excuse me? Since when is a fifteen year old not a little girl? She is definitely not a woman, and this is going to haunt her for the rest of her life.

    "Once again...guns killing our citizens."

    What does guns have to do with it when the story says that he was stabbed? Some people really make me wonder…

  • 50s Child Jun 11, 2014

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    There was no little girl mentioned. There was a 15 year old girl and two boys whose ages weren't given. No little girl.

  • Obama-in-2016 Jun 11, 2014

    Once again...guns killing our citizens.

  • trianglerelic Jun 11, 2014

    People are Crazy.... Is there ever any good news to report??

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Jun 11, 2014

    So at 2:30am, while he's working, she's out with friends - leaving all three of the children home alone.
    Prayers for the children, now fatherless AND motherless because of this.

  • LiveLifeToTheFullest Jun 11, 2014

    3 kids without parents now. Why can't people use their brains and walk away and just cool off for a while. Why do they have to pull a knife or a gun to solve every argument or disturbance.

  • btneast Jun 11, 2014

    Shouldn't it be 1st degree?Nope. 1st degree has to with premeditation. This sounds like a heat of the moment thing, which is what most murders are.