Judge admits timeline in Russell Tillis assault case

Tillis also accused of kidnapping, killing, burying woman in yard


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A man accused of murdering a woman and burying her dismembered body in his yard lost a battle Monday in his other pending court case.

Russell Tillis, 54, has been in jail on charges of aggravated assault on law enforcement officers since May 2015 when police said two officers were attacked with knives while they were serving Tillis with arrest warrants for violating injunctions neighbors had obtained against him.

Judge Mark Borello granted a motion Monday by the prosecution to enter into evidence a timeline of the events that led up to Tillis being arrested in that incident.

The timeline shows that Tillis knew police were trying to arrest him, because they had gone by his house several times.

In one instance, an officer climbed the fence at Tillis' property and stepped on a booby trap: a board hidden in the dirt with a nail facing upward. The officer stepped on the nail.

Tillis’ defense lawyer wanted to keep the timeline out of the trial, which is set for July 17.

Earlier this month, police dug again at the property Tillis once owned where the remains of Joni Lynn Gunter were found buried in February 2016.