Rutledge found guilty of lessor charges

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Defendant Holly Rutledge (center) stands flanked by members of her defense team as Judge Graham read the verdict.

After about seven hours of deliberations over two days, the jury in the Holly Rutledge murder trial found her guilty, but of lessor charges than on the indictment.

Most notably, Rutledge, who was charged with first degree murder was found guilty of reckless homicide and was found guilty of aggravated assault. The verdicts carry a 2-4 year sentence and a 3-6 year sentence, respectively.

Judge Rusty Graham read the verdict and confirmed the jury was unanimous by show of hands.

Defense counsel Keith Davis said following the verdict, “It was a difficult case. We had a very attentive jury, they were being asked to make decisions even medical doctors couldn’t agree upon. Obviously, we were hoping for not guilty all the way down. We are relieved we avoided the first degree murder, but, honestly, still trying to digest this case. It’s been a long fight….lots of hours with no sleep, lots of hard work and it’s just a tough case for both sides.”

Assistant District Attorney Steve Strain collected the victim’s family and held a closed door meeting immediately following the adjournment of the reading of the verdict.