Rutherford Execution

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A daughter of a death row inmate scheduled for execution next week wants the governor and the Florida Cabinet to commute the Vietnam veteran's sentence to life in prison.

Arthur Rutherford's lawyer says she also would ask for a stay of execution for him based on one that the U-S Supreme Court granted
another condemned Florida prisoner.

Rutherford, a Marine Corps veteran, was convicted of murdering and robbing Stella Salamon at her Santa Rosa County home in 1985.

The petition to the Board of Executive Clemency claims new evidence casts doubt on his guilt. It also cites post-traumatic stress disorder Rutherford has suffered as a result of his Vietnam service, destroyed evidence and the narrow 7-to-5 jury recommendation for a death sentence.

A Bush spokesman says the governor's clemency lawyer has not yet
reviewed the petition but that such cases normally must be filed by convicts themselves or their lawyers, not relatives.


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