judge has rejected motions to set aside the conviction and death
sentence of a convicted killer set to be executed Jan. 31, but his
lawyer asked for a rehearing Friday.
Arthur D. Rutherford, 56,
who killed a Santa Rosa County woman in 1985, is one of two Florida
inmates under active death warrants, both for murders in the Panhandle.
Florida Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments Wednesday in
an appeal from Clarence Edward Hill, 47, of Mobile, Ala., who fatally
shot a Pensacola police officer during a 1982 bank robbery. He is
scheduled for execution Jan. 24.
The body of Rutherford's
victim, Stella Salamon, was found submerged in a bathtub. She had been
beaten and died of drowning or asphyxiation.
His lawyer, Linda
McDermott, contends new evidence from a key witness could have resulted
in a different verdict or a life sentence if it had been presented to
The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a
separate appeal by Rutherford, who contended his rights had been
violated because he was shackled during the penalty phase of his trial.