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Wants to keep trial options open
Accused of gunning down daughter, boyfriend.
Alfred Rutherford's bond was set at $2 million.
Alfred Rutherford's bond was set at $2 million Friday morning. He remains in the Butler County jail. His next hearing is set for July 17.
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Alfred and Lacey Rutherford
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HAMILTON, Ohio -- June 18, 2014 -- Officers could be seen taking several guns from a home on Hilda Avenue where two people were shot and killed. (photo by Bryce Anslinger)
HAMILTON, Ohio -- JUNE 18, 2014 -- Two people are dead after a shooting on Hilda Avenue. (Photo by Bryce Anslinger)
HAMILTON, Ohio – A judge drawing balls out of a Yahtzee bottle?
That's something you don't see everyday in a court of law.
But it happened in Butler County Thursday.
To determine which three judges would hear Alfred Rutherford's case if the man accused of killing his daughter and her boyfriend opts out of a jury trial.
Three judges or a jury to decide your fate?
It's Rutherford's choice, and his attorneys wanted to know who the judges would be before making a decision.
Rutherford sat and watched the proceedings with a grim face.
He is charged with two counts of aggravated murder for shooting his daughter and her boyfriend with a shotgun in front of his grandchildren.
The three-judge panel would likely be Keith Spaeth, Noah Powers and Craig Hedric.
That is, if the defense decides to roll the dice with the judges.
Rutherford also waived his right to a speedy trial. That will give his defense more time to build their case.
The trial is set for January 2015.