Three Men in Custody in Prison Employee Murder

STOCKTON, CA – Police have taken three individuals into custody in connection with the slaying of a women’s

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prison employee in north Stockton Wednesday morning.

Police have identified the victim as Michael Rutledge, 35. He was a supervisor of food services at the Federal Correctional Institution women’s prison in Dublin. His employment started there in 2000.
Wednesday afternoon, investigators stopped a green Jeep Cherokee in south Stockton and apprehended its occupants. A third man was also put in custody, at a home, a few blocks away. Their names have not been released.
Police have not confirmed the cause of death or indicated a motive for the attack. Neighbors say they heard what sounded like a gunshot. According to police, Rutledge had left his home in north Stockton before 5 a.m. and his family assumed he’d made it to work. It was waste management workers doing morning garbage pickup who discovered Rutledge in his front yard at about 6 a.m.
Police said Rutledge’s job at a prison will be considered as the investigation continues.
“The detectives will go back and talk to employees, supervisors, and people he supervised, to see if there was any animosity, or any reason that someone coming out of that system would want to hurt him”, said Stockton spokesman Pete Smith.
Exactly one week ago in south Sacramento, a state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation correctional officer was gunned down in front of his home as he prepared to leave for work. According to law enforcement sources, a Sacramento County sheriff’s deputy is under investigation in the murder of Steve Lo.
There is no word if the two killings are in any way connected.

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