Testimony continues in Club Blu trial with law enforcement, FBI agent on the stand

Reporter: Sydney Persing
Kierra Russ

Law enforcement and FBI agents take the stand to close the first week of a mass shooting trial.

They’re the ones who dug through tons of video evidence and phone records from the night of the violence in July 2016 at Club Blu.

Kierra Russ is on trial for murder in the shooting that killed two innocent teens. Russ is the first of five defendants to face a jury in the 2016 shooting that killed Stefan Strawder and Sean Archilles, two teens present at the party. The shooting also injured 14 others.

The most powerful testimony came from the FBI agent who interviewed Russ in 2020.

The state played that interview for jurors on Friday afternoon.

The agent sat with Russ and played her a recording of a call she made to a friend who was in jail on unrelated charges that day after the Club Blu killing in 2016.

After he played her the jailhouse call. She told him she’s not sure that was her voice.

When he showed her texts sent from her phone the night of the shooting, she said she’s not sure who sent them.

The agent didn’t buy it.

The prosecution hopes to finish questioning the agent on Friday but because of a technical problem in the courtroom that didn’t happen.

He will take the stand Monday at 10 a.m. then the defense will get its chance to cross examine.

Both sides closing arguments could come as soon as Monday.

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