Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Rutherford executed for killing woman


Convicted killer Arthur Rutherford was executed today by lethal injection for the 1985 murder of a Milton woman.

Rutherford, a 57-year-old Vietnam veteran and handyman, was pronounced dead at 6:13 p.m., the governor's office said.

He was executed after the U.S. Supreme Court denied his challenges over the state's lethal injection procedure and other issues.

He was condemned for the Aug. 22, 1985, attack on 63-year-old Stella Salamon, a widow whose naked body was found submerged in the bathtub of her Panhandle home.

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