Court docs: Man admits to murder of Andrea Russell

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — The man accused of killing 34-year-old Andrea Russell admitted to choking her to death, according to court documents obtained by Eyewitness News.

Ruben Castro, 33, told police detectives he choked Russell in self-defense for 10 minutes after he said she came at him with a knife during a meeting in a room at the Super 8 motel at 3620 Wible Road in Bakersfield.

Castro told authorities they met because he said Russell owed him $200 for methamphetamine she had previously purchased from him, the documents stated.

Castro then admitted to placing Russell's body in a box and asking an associate, 22-year-old Daniel Norzagaray, of Lamont, to assist him in the dumping of her body.

The removal of Russell's body was captured by police on surveillance video.

Castro helped lead police to Russell's body, which was found on May 16 in an abandoned house in the area of South Union Avenue and Highway 99.

Norzagaray also admitted to police he helped Castro in the removal of Russell's body, according to other court documents.

Russell has pleaded not guilty to murder charges.