Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Convict Is Vietnam Veteran


State Set To Execute Killer In 1985 Murder
Convict Is Vietnam Veteran

POSTED: 11:01 am EDT October 17, 2006

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The state is preparing to execute Vietnam veteran Arthur Rutherford for the 1985 murder of a woman in her Milton home as his attorneys turn to the courts to try to spare him.

Rutherford is expected to be executed Wednesday at 6 p.m.
The U.S. Supreme Court blocked Rutherford's death earlier this year after he claimed the state's lethal injection procedure is cruel and unusual punishment. The stay was later lifted.

Rutherford was convicted of the 1985 robbing and killing Stella Salamon where the handyman had installed sliding glass doors.

The woman was severely beaten and drowned or asphyxiated. Her body was found in a bathtub.

Four witnesses testified that Rutherford either told them that he was planning to kill her or admitted it afterward.

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