Person of interest in Middletown mother’s death appears in court for unrelated charges

Mug shot of Curtis Burdette, Jr. (Montgomery County Jail Photo)

VANDALIA, Ohio (WDTN) – The man who is believed to be a person of interest in the shooting death of Brittany Russell appeared in Vandalia Municipal Court Tuesday.

Curtis H. Burdette Jr. was arraigned on a single possession of cocaine charge, a fifth-degree felony by way of satellite. He is being held on a $100,000 cash bond at the Montgomery County Jail.

Burdette also faces drug charges in Dayton.

Russell was found dead Feb. 10 inside her car on Free Pike in Dayton while her six-month-old was in the backseat. Dayton police say interviews with friends and witnesses confirmed Burdette was a person of interest in the case.

On Friday, Feb. 12, detectives interviewed Burdette, who at the time was found to have illegal drugs in his possession. He was taken into custody shortly after. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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