Jackson, MS – A Mississippi man has confessed to murdering his estranged wife, and then told police where to find the body.
One divorce case in Mississippi has taken a dark, sharp turn to the left; Mike Brian Rutledge, age 22, has been charged with the murder of his estranged wife, Laura Ann Rutledge, age 35.
According to The Clarion Ledger, parties close to the couple were alarmed when Rutledge flat out told them he “killed this girl” and “left her in the woods.”
Initially, police received a tip that the body was in the woods, but did not find anything after searching all day. They brought in three people, including Rutledge, for questioning. It was then that they got the information they were looking for: a confession.
Rutledge not only confessed to murdering his estranged wife, but he also led officers to the exact location he left the body. Coincidentally, it was on the other side of the train tracks from where police officers had been searching.
Mississippi Police Chief Michael Ramsey told the Daily Mail that the woman’s hands were tied completely behind her back while she was stabbed numerous times. He also adds that the couple was going through a divorce.
Officials believe that the woman was killed sometime on July 24th or 25th. Her body, wrapped in a sheet and covered with a blanket, was discovered in the woods right next to her apartment on July 27th.
Mississippi police also have what they believe are the murder weapons from the case – a hunting knife and a large stick. Ramsey suggests that the stick was picked up while in the woods and used to beat the woman multiple times.
An autopsy reveals that the cause of death is most likely a mix of sharp force trauma and blunt force trauma to both her upper body and head.
While there is no question about whether or not Rutledge killed his wife, there is a question of intent. Because local Mississippi police believe the death happened while she was being kidnaped, a felony, he is currently only charged with capital murder.
Ramsey theorizes that since her hands were tied behind her back, she was most likely tied up and being held against her will.
Unsurprisingly enough, legal problems are nothing new for Rutledge. The Mississippi Department of Corrections currently has a hold on him for a probation violation. At the time of his arrest, he was on probation for a previous burglary charge.
Police tell The Clarion-Ledger that they had previously been to the couple’s house for domestic violence calls. They were currently using divorce attorneys to make their separation official in court, and Laura was staying in an apartment with her mother.
Rutledge is being held in a Mississippi jail without bond on capital murder charges. Sources say they do not currently know if he has an attorney in Jackson representing him.
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