Criminal With A Dark Past Is Arrested And Charged For Cold-Case Murder From 1982

Washington Cold Case Murder Solved

An arrest has been made for the 1982 stabbing death of a Washington man, authorities said Wednesday.

A first-degree murder warrant had been issued weeks earlier for Tracy Sabron Pruitt, 62, in connection with the death of Archie Rutherford.

Police said Rutherford, 58, was found dead at his home by his wife on May 25, 1982.

Authorities reported he suffered stab wounds, a skull fracture, and an electrical cord tied around his neck. Detectives investigated the murder, but it went unsolved.

Months after Rutherford’s killing, Pruitt was arrested in Ohio for an unrelated rape and robbery. He was convicted and sentenced to 27 years in prison.

As California courts determine whether to release him to Washington authorities, the process of extradition could take several months, Spokane police said. In accordance with Los Angeles County jail records, he has a court date scheduled for Nov. 30.

The motive for the killing and whether Pruitt and Rutherford knew each other have not been disclosed.

The Spokesman-Review reported that Rutherford worked as a night clerk at the Trade Winds Motor Hotel downtown and owned a drive-in restaurant called Rutherford’s Triple XXX.

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