Malcolm Thrower was seventeen years old from Jacksonville Florida when he stabbed a woman to death. According to court documents Malcolm Thrower would admit to attempting to rob and kidnap the victim, 58 year old Marilyn Jean Russell before stabbing the woman to death. Marilyn Russell who was attempting to help Malcolm Thrower get a job would tell rescue personnel who stabbed her before passing away. This teen killer would receive life in prison without parole and if he was just a few months older would have received the death penalty.
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|Name:||THROWER, MALCOLM J|
|Initial Receipt Date:||03/22/2011|
|Current Facility:||DESOTO ANNEX|
|Current Release Date:||SENTENCED TO LIFE|
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An 18-year-old Jacksonville man said drugs were partly to blame when he brutally stabbed a 58-year-old woman to death in her Baldwin home a year ago.
Malcolm Thrower, who was 17 at the time of the murder, was sentenced to life Thursday by Circuit Judge Jeff Morrow.
Prosecutor Rich Mantei said he would have sought the death penalty in the grisly case, but Thrower’s age prevented that. Thrower pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the January 2010 death of Marilyn Jean Russell.
During a plea hearing in November, he’d also admitted to trying to rob and kidnap her. Mantei said Russell met Thrower at a grocery store and was trying to help him find a job.
Malcolm Thrower said he had been smoking marijuana laced with PCP and had hazy recollections of what happened. He initially told police that someone who looked just like him must have been the culprit.
Mantei said Malcolm Thrower was tied to the crime because of physical evidence and because Russell made a dying declaration to a family member about what happened to her.
Russell was stabbed multiple times. At one point, Thrower had to get a new knife when he broke the blade of another. One of the blows broke one of Russell’s ribs, Mantei said.
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The Wednesday stabbing death of Marilyn Jean Russell has shaken this little town west of Jacksonville.
It’s one of those places where neighbors know and look out for each other – and where violent crime, especially murder, is rare, some residents and family members said on Saturday.
“I’ve been here 27 years and you could probably count on one hand the number of people that have been killed here,” said Elmer Still, a friend of Russell’s and owner of an auto repair shop near the intersection of U.S. 301 and U.S. 90.
Plus, everyone in town knew and liked Russell, said Doris “Shorty” Capps, who served as a fellow police dispatcher with Russell in 1996.
“There’s nothing that she wouldn’t do for you,” Capps said.
Russell, 58, died after being stabbed by an assailant in her home around 11:15 a.m. Wednesday.
Police have charged Malcolm J. Thrower, 17, in the stabbing. The teen’s arrest docket said Russell screamed for help from her front door after being stabbed repeatedly, and that she gave officers the name of her attacker before she died.
Russell’s family called reporters to a relative’s home in Baldwin on Saturday to share their memories of their loved one. They refused to discuss or answer any questions about the investigation or about Thrower.
“Family is what she treasured most,” son Paul Russell of Jacksonville said as he pointed to 12 family members standing behind him in the driveway.
Paul Russell described his mother as strong and generous. “She would never turn down a person in need.”
And her death has been “a real struggle” for the family, he said.
Russell’s sister Tammy Russell said she flew down from Michigan after learning of the crime. She held a large, framed photograph of her sister during the news conference.
Paul Russell said it’s been difficult to accept that his mother is gone.
“Through the past couple of days I could hear her voice,” he said.