Accused murderer of 7-11 clerk held on no bond

Posted at 8:24 AM, Apr 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-07 12:51:31-04

UPDATE -- A Charlotte County judge has decided to hold Michael Russo without bond in the Kyle Farishian 7-Eleven murder case.

The decision was announced as a bond hearing Thursday.

It was also revealed that investigators say a gas can with very similar paint stains to the one seen in the store's surveillance video was found in Russo's home.


PUNTA GORDA, Fla. - The man who police believe killed Kyle Farishian has his bond hearing set for Thursday morning, and his lawyer is fighting for him to get out, arguing that he's not an immediate threat to the community.

28-year-old Michael Russo arrested by Punta Gorda Police on Tuesday, five months after they say he shot Farishian and then set the 7-Eleven where he worked on fire.

Investigators say it was Russo seen in surveillance video from the store that night, wearing a black hood with his face covered.

Punta Gorda Police say there's still a lot of work to do in making sure they have a firm case in court, but the chief says the community can now rest easy knowing this case is closer to reaching a close.

A 14 page arrest affidavit released earlier this week reveals a coworker of Farishian's told police that Russo came into the store one day trying to buy alcohol without an ID, and when that coworker refused to sell it to him, he became belligerent and was tossed from the store because of it.

There are also troubling details about Russo's past, that include him telling a friend he wanted to experience what it was like to kill someone and even attacking his own father with a knife and hatchet when he was younger.

The affidavit also discloses that his mother, Maria, died in 2011, and that neighbors remember his father, who committed suicide in 2012, as being quiet.

"We never saw them outside, or socializing, so I think the father pretty much stayed to himself.  But I don't think there was a wife there since we moved in 2006," says one neighbor.

State prosecutors are pushing for Michael Russo to be held with no bond.  His hearing is set for 10 AM.