Did a criminologist help an accused criminal avoid a trial? Bernadette Olson, a criminal justice instructor at the University of West Florida, is accused in a federal indictment of helping a Washington State University student flee to Canada on the eve of his vehicular homicide trial, reports the Spokane Spokesman-Review.
Olson was a graduate student being mentored by Washington State professor Greg Russell when she helped his son, Fred, flee in 2001, the indictment alleges. Prosecutors say Fred Russell was drunk when he caused a head-on crash that killed three students. On the eve of his trial, he vanished from his home in Pullman, Wa.
Greg Russell is now director of the criminology program at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.