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Opening statements in the first Club Blu murder trial

Kierra Russ
Posted at 7:12 AM, Apr 27, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-28 05:41:22-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla. — Nearly six years after the mass shooting at Club Blu in Fort Myers the first murder trial began on Wednesday.

Kierra Russ is the first of five people facing charges in the deaths of Stef’An Strawder and Sean Archilles, who were killed in the 2016 Club Blu shooting that injured 14 others.

Russ is charged with second-degree murder and conspiracy.

Investigators say Russ never fired a gun but they believe she tipped off members of the 1Way gang that members of the rival gang the Bottom Boys were about to leave.

If she’s convicted she could get a life sentence for her involvement in the crime.

Witnesses took the stand and gave their testimonial on what they saw on the night of that shooting.

On Thursday, the trial will continue at the Lee County Courthouse.

Follow along as FOX 4 and John Barron bring you the latest on this trial.