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Man Allegedly Murdered His Own Grandmother

STOCKTON–

Steven Russel and his wife went by his mother’s home early Tuesday to check on her, but what they found was devastating.

Russel’s mother, 76-year-old Rachael Russel, was found dead in a bag inside a wheelbarrow in her backyard.

“We found her in the backyard. To find your mother like that, I am still numb. I just don’t believe it,” said Russel.

Police arrested 39-year-old Jerome Deavila for Russel’s murder.

Family members tell us that Deavila is Russel’s grandson.

Russel said his mother had a strong faith in God and was an active member at her church.

“She was a Sunday School teacher, mother of the church. She was everything to me. She was my mother. I am the youngest,” said Russel.

Russel last spoke to his mother on Friday and thinks she may have died on Saturday.

Deavila is also a registered sex offender, according to the Megan’s Law website.


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