Jury Finds Russellville Man Guilty of Manslaughter

By: Lori Mitchell
By: Lori Mitchell

After 12 hours of deliberation , a Logan County Jury found Robert Yell guilty of manslaughter.

Yell was accused of setting a fire in 2004 that killed his two-year old son Cameron Davis Carpenter and severely burned his one-year old daughter Saralynn Yell.

Police discovered the fire at Yell's mobile home after a domestic violence call from a neighbor.

During the trial, Yell's girlfriend, April Carpenter Davis supported Yell by saying "he would never do anything to intentionally hurt their children."

Yell avoided the death penalty by being found not guilty of murder. He was convicted of arson, assault, wanton endangerment, manslaughter and being a persistant felony offender.

The jury is recommending more than 40 years in prison.
Yell's final sentencing is set for March 23rd in Logan Circuit Court.


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