Significant events in case of Arthur Rutherford
Following are significant events in the death case against Arthur Rutherford, whose execution was scheduled Wednesday:
Aug. 22, 1985: Body of 63-year-old Stella Salamon found submerged in bathtub in Milton home. She had a broken arm, bruises on her face and arms and severe head wounds. Medical examiner said she died from drowning or asphyxiation.
Aug. 23: Arthur Rutherford arrested after getting assistance from friend to cash as $2,000 check on Salamon's account. Rutherford had done some carpentry work for Salamon. His finger and palm prints were found in bathroom where Salamon was killed.
Sept. 11: Rutherford indicted on charges of first-degree murder and robbery with a firearm.
Jan. 31, 1986: Rutherford found guilty of all charges.
Feb. 1: Jury recommends death sentence by an 8 to 4 majority.
April 2: Judge grants mistrial due to discovery violations by the state.
Oct. 2: On retrial, Rutherford was found guilty on all charges. The jury, on a 7 to 5 vote, recommends death penalty.
Dec. 9: Rutherford sentenced to death for murder count and 30 years on armed robbery.
June 16, 1989: Florida Supreme Court affirms conviction and sentence.
Oct. 30: U.S. Supreme Court denies appeal.
Dec. 17, 1998: Florida Supreme Court denies appeal.
Nov. 29, 2005: Gov. Jeb Bush signs death warrant.
Jan. 30, 2006: U.S. Supreme Court stays Rutherford execution minutes before his scheduled death.
Sept. 22: Bush reinstates death warrant and schedules execution for Oct. 18.
Oct. 5: Appeal returned by the U.S. Supreme Court dismissed by appeals court in Atlanta.
Oct. 6: State court rejects Rutherford's appeal.
Oct. 12: Florida Supreme Court rejects Rutherford's appeal.
Oct. 17: Florida Supreme Court and 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals deny appeals.
Oct. 18: U.S. Supreme Court denied two petitions and two motions for a stay of execution.