MOBILE, Alabama (WALA) - JaMarcus Russell appeared in court Wednesday for a preliminaryhearing. Russell is charged with possession of a controlledsubstance; a charge he's pleaded not guilty to.
He had no comment to cameras as he walked into a Mobile Countycourtroom.
Russell was arrested July 5 after undercover narcoticinvestigators found a bottle of codeine syrup during a search ofhis River Forest Drive home.
Authorities said Russell did not have a prescription for thecodeine.
A corporal with Mobile County Sheriff's Office testified heexecuted a search warrant around 2 p.m. to the home of JaMarcusRussell.
Russell stood with his lawyer, Donald Briskman, listening toCorporal Johnny Thornton testify.
"There was nine individuals inside the residence. I actuallycame into contact with Mr. Russell, who was inside the masterbedroom in bed," testified Thornton.
"When I asked him to show me his hands, he complied and Inoticed a Styrofoam cup with an orange liquid in it and it lookedfreshly poured," continued Thornton. "The cup was on a night stand;still had ice floating in the top."
Cpl. Thornton testified the cup with the orange liquid was onthe night stand closest to Russell.
"After everyone was secured, we advised Mr. JaMarcus Russell ofhis rights, and searched the residents," said Thornton.
Thornton said when he asked Russell about the orange liquid, hedenied it had any codeine in it. Yet Thornton said lab test show itwas codeine.
The Mobile County District Attorney's Office presented the testresults to Briskman.
"In a top dresser draw in master bedroom, I found a large amountof money and jewelry. Also found some Lorotab and Lorcet.
"Above the dresser there was a bottle of codeine, the label hadbeen removed or scratched off, so we couldn't tell who it wasprescribed to," continued Thornton.
A backpack was found that had two stacks of $100 bills.
"I didn't ask him about the bottle, but did ask him about theother prescription drugs found in his home,," said Thornton.
The defense ask the Judge to strike the witness testimony, sincethere are no other charges against Russell.
"I'm not considering it at all," said Judge CharlesMcKnight.
The state has passed the witness to defense attorney DonaldBriskman.
Briskman asked who's name was on the prescription bottle.
"A man in California," said Thornton.
Marcus Stevenson was called to the stand by Briskman as adefense witness. He said July 5 he was at JaMarcus' house.
Stevenson testified to partying with Russell the night beforepolice raided Russell's home.
He said a young lady was with Russell in his bed before policegot there. Stevens testified seeing the Styrofoam cup with theorange liquid inside.
"Was JaMarcus drinking out of that cup?" asked Briskman.
"No," testified Stevens.
"Do you know who was drinking out it?" asked Briskman.
"Yes," said Stevens.
The testimony ended there for the defense.
"Who did you see with that styrofoam cup?" asked the DistrictAttorney's Office.
"Myself..." testified Stevenson.
Judge McKnight got upset because he asked the witness if he wasgoing to testify that the cup was his before he got started.
Judge McKnight let Stevenson know he has the right to remainsilent.
"Marcus Stevenson on July 5, 2010, you had possession of thestyrofoam cup?" asked the district attorney.
"I plead the fifth," testified Stevenson.
"The judge said he waived his right to plead the fifth," saidJudge McKnight. "You have to answer the question sir."
The District Attorney's Office asked the question again.
"Early that morning the group you were partying with mixed KoolAid, with codeine?" asked the District Attorney's Office.
"Yes, I did," testified Stevenson.
He also testified he didn't see anyone else drinking thismixture. Stevenson said the codeine was purple, and he mixed itwith a "drank".
Briskman wanted Judge McKnight to throw out the charges, becauseStevenson claimed ownership of the liquid.
Judge Charles McKnight disagreed.
"I am sending this to the grand jury. There is probable cause,"added McKnight.
Russell is a former Williamson High and LSU star, and formerquarterback for the Oakland Raiders. He was also the number oneoverall NFL draft pick in 2007. He is currently a free agent.
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