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Monday, September 7, 2015

COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW) — Murder charges against Lexi Russell and her boyfriend, Jacob Harris, have been dropped, according to Columbia County Case Management.

Both Russell and Harris still face multiple charges, according to Case Management. Russell is charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of methamphetamine, and harris_russell_backgroundmanufacturing methamphetamine in the presence of a child. Harris faces the same charges.

Lexi Russell and Jacob Harris were originally charged with murder in the death of Russell’s infant, according to court records.


Tuesday, August 4, 2015

COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW) — Columbia County Magistrate Court ruled there is not enough probable cause to keep the murder charge against Lexis Russell. However, Lexis has admitted to using drugs inside the home.

Judge Christopher Hudson says there is not enough to connect her drug use and the death of her child to support her felony murder charge. Judge Hudson did say there is enough evidence to support her second degree cruelty to children charge and possession of illegal drugs.

Russell along with her boyfriend, Jacob Harris, were both charged in connection to her child’s death. He is still charged with malice murder.


Thursday, July 2, 2015

COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW) — Columbia County Superior Court Judge J. David Roper has denied bond for both the mom and the boyfriend in the death of an infant.

According to the state, Jacob Harris told someone he smothered the child because the child would not stop crying while he was cooking meth. Harris is charged with malice murder.

The state says Lexi Russell, the child’s mother, also admitted to cooking meth at the time of death. Russell is charged with felony murder.

Columbia county investigators were called to their mobile home on June 17. The child was pronounced dead after Columbia County EMS performed first aid at the mobile home on Wheeler Road.



Columbia County authorities charged a Martinez couple with murder Friday in the death of the woman’s 5½-month-old child, two days after he was found lifeless by emergency crews.

Investigators suspect Bentley Reeves was smothered to death by his mother’s boyfriend in the mobile home he shared with the couple and a 2-year-old sibling, Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said.

Investigators obtained warrants Friday afternoon charging Jacob Drew Harris, 26, with malice murder in the boy’s death. The child was the son of Lexis Fay Russell, 23, who was charged with felony murder, Morris said.

Morris said the murder charges resulted from new evidence obtained in the days since the child’s death and the subsequent arrest of Russell and Harris on numerous drug charges, including the manufacture of methamphetamine in the presence of a child.

According to the warrant, Harris “placed the body of Bent­ley Reeves face down on a mattress because Bentley would not stop crying. He placed a blanket and a pillow on top of Bentley and pressed down until Bentley stopped crying.”

Russell was charged with felony murder because the death happened during the commission of a felony – her use of illegal drugs in the home, police say. She is also charged with cruelty to children in the second degree.

The child’s grandmother, Lill Reeves, said her son Jeremy Reeves had an on-and-off relationship with Russell and was the father of two of her children, including Bentley. She said her son was out of town working when they learned of Bentley’s death.14489524

She was stunned at the new charges.

“That baby was the most beautiful, happy, healthy little baby,” Lill Reeves said Friday. “I had him all last weekend and he was just starting to roll. He was rolling all over my floor.

“He was so precious, I just don’t know how anybody could hurt him,” she said. “I just can’t believe it.”

The charges come a day after sheriff’s investigators spent the afternoon searching the couple’s residence in M&M Mobile Home Park at 4222 Wheeler Road.

Russell and Harris called 911 early Wednesday after Russell woke about 4:35 a.m. and found her son unresponsive and not breathing, they said. They moved the baby to the living room and began CPR, a sheriff’s report said. The coroner pronounced the child dead at 5:21 a.m.

Columbia County Coroner Vernon Collins said results of an autopsy performed Thursday in Atlanta were inconclusive, and it could be weeks before toxicology results are ready and an official cause of death is announced.

Russell is also charged with possession of synthetic marijuana, also known as spice. Harris is also charged with possession of marijuana and methamphetamine. Both were being held Friday at the Columbia County Detention Center without bond.

Baby found dead in Martinez trailer park; Mother, boyfriend, Lexis Fay Russell, 23, and Jacob Drew Harris, 26, facing Methamphetamine and drug charges

A Martinez couple has been charged with making methamphetamine in the mobile home where the woman’s 5½-month-old child died this morning, Columbia County authorities said.14486184

Lexis Fay Russell, 23, and Jacob Drew Harris, 26, were charged this afternoon with manufacturing methamphetamine in the presence of a child and other drug possession charges, according Columbia County Sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.

Emergency officials were summoned to their residence in M&M Mobile Home Park at 4222 Wheeler Road early today where they found Russell’s infant son, Bentley Reeves, unresponsive and not breathing, according to a Columbia County sheriff’s report.14486480

Russell told police that she and her boyfriend went to bed about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday with the infant sleeping between them. She awoke about 4:35 a.m. and found that Bentley was not breathing. Russell and Harris immediately moved the baby to the living room, called 911 and began CPR, the report said.

Columbia County Deputy Coroner Bonnie King pronounced the child dead at 5:21 a.m. King said that there was no evidence of trauma or foul play and that the boy’s body will be sent to Atlanta for an autopsy scheduled today.

Sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said Russell and Harris were later arrested on narcotics charges after illegal drugs were found in the home. Russell also is charged with possession of synthetic marijuana, otherwise known as spice, and was being held at the Columbia County Detention Center on bonds totalling $17,800. Harris also was charged with possession of marijuana and methamphetamine. He was being held on bonds of $16,200, Morris said.

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