Grand jury indictment sought for ex-assistant principal

July 5, 2019 GMT

MIAMI (AP) — Prosecutors in Miami plan to seek a grand jury indictment for first-degree murder in the case of a former assistant principal accused of killing a teacher.

Ernest Roberts entered a not guilty plea Friday during a first appearance hearing.

He’s currently charged with second-degree murder in the death of Kameela Russell, who was reported missing May 15 after failing to pick up her daughter from relatives. Her body was found days later in a nearby canal.

Lawyer Rod Vereen told the Miami Herald that “there shouldn’t be a rush to judgment,” adding that his client is being “tried in the court of public opinion.”


Court records show that 39-year-old Roberts and Russell were longtime friends. Detectives say her blood was found on a box inside his bedroom.