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Jae Williams, left, and Randy Thompson enter the courtroom where they were charged with murder in Judge Jerome Nadler's courtroom at the Santa Clara County Hall of Justice in San Jose, Calif. on Tuesday, November 17, 2009. (Nhat V. Meyer/Mercury News)

SAN JOSE -- The family of a San Jose teen who was found stabbed to death in his family's backyard in November 2009 will hold a candlelight vigil in his memory Saturday night.

Michael Russell, who was a sophomore at Santa Teresa High School when he was killed in November 2009, will be remembered from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Frost Elementary School, located at Comanche and Gettysburg drives in San Jose.

Michael's family is still waiting for the alleged killers, two of Michael's former classmates at Santa Teresa, to be brought to trial. Randy Thompson and Jae Williams, who were 16 and 15 at the time of the killing, have been charged as adults with Michael's murder. Thompson and Williams are expected to appear in court again on Nov. 26, but the Russell family does not expect a trial to begin before the end of the year, according to Michael's aunt, Donna Russell.

"My family is beyond frustrated now," Donna Russell said in an email. "There has been three trial dates this year and all have been postponed. All we want is justice for Mikey."

Michael was killed on Nov. 10, 2009, sometime around 6:30 p.m. at his family's house in South San Jose. Michael's family says he was home in pajamas and using his computer on a school night when his uncle and grandmother left the house to run errands.

His uncle returned sometime around 8:30 and found Michael in the backyard suffering from several stab wounds.

Michael had begun hanging out with Thompson and Williams at the beginning of his sophomore year in 2009.


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A preliminary hearing was held in October 2010, during which a Santa Clara County judge ruled there was sufficient evidence to hold Williams and Thompson for trial.

Since then, a variety of continuances have delayed the start of a trial. Michael's family attends monthly court appearances for the suspects.

Contact Mark Gomez at 408-920-5869. Follow him on Twitter @MarkMgomez.