Final suspect in Bellacino’s murders heads to court

Friday, June 11, 2010 at 12:29am

The final co-defendant in the October 2007 murders of two Bellacino’s employees is expected in court this morning.

Crystle Denece Rutherford, 20, faces two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of felony murder and one count of especially aggravated robbery for the incident at the White Bridge Road restaurant. Police said Joshua Cole, 18, and Christopher Caris, 33, were shot execution style during the robbery.

Jason Stephen Bobo, 24, Ravaughn E. Harris, 23, and Tarina Shantayne Simmons, 34, were the other three defendants in the case.

Bobo, a disgruntled former employee who was fired five months earlier, was sentenced to life without parole after he was found guilty of shooting both Caris and Cole in the head at close range during the robbery.

For her role in the double murder, Simmons pleaded guilty in March to two counts of second-degree murder as part of a best interest plea deal. She will serve two concurrent 35-year prison sentences.

Harris, the driver, was acquitted last year.

1 Comment on this post:

By: gyarlett on 6/11/10 at 1:16

This makes me sick that people can take 2 people's lives and this is all they get.........What has our world came to!!!!!!!!!!
My Love goes out to the families......Your loved ones will never be forgotten.......