MILTON - On Aug. 26 in Houston, Texas, Milton’s first murder case came to a close.
That was the day Milton police and the U.S. Marshal’s Service announced Kisha “Key” Rutledge, the alleged mastermind behind the June 2007 shooting death of Keith Brown at the Preserve at Deerfield apartments, was arrested.
Rutledge, who had been on the run for more than two years, was caught thanks in part to the television show “America’s Most Wanted,” which first aired an episode that detailed Keith Brown’s shooting in March and re-aired it the first week of August.
When caught, Rutledge denied her identity, said Alex Camacho, an inspector with the U.S. Marshal’s Service. Investigators were able to ascertain it was her, however, because of a tattoo that said “Key,” her nickname, on her arm.
Two of Rutledge’s alleged accomplices in Brown’s shooting death, Jeff Dulcio and Michelle Morrison, were convicted to life in prison in April for their parts in the crime. Stephen Woods, the third defendant, pled guilty and received a lesser sentence.
According to information presented in court, Brown was killed because he had a lot of cash on hand and made the mistake of crossing Rutledge, who ran an alleged escort service named “Atlanta’s Keys.”
He began making private arrangements with Rutledge’s girls directly, bypassing the madame, said prosecutors.
Detectives said Dulcio and Woods were “gang bangers” who apparently knew Rutledge from several nightclubs in Atlanta. She allegedly ordered the hit on Brown, and Dulcio pulled the trigger.
Morrison, an adult entertainer, was called for a “date.” Instead the two men showed up. Morrison and Rutledge stayed in the car.
An avid gun collector, Brown was armed, for which Dulcio and Woods had not accounted. Dulcio and Brown got into a shoot-out in Brown’s apartment, and he died calling 911 from his cell phone.
Woods was arrested just nine days after the crime, while Dulcio was caught July 12, 2007.
Morrison, the getaway driver in the deal and one of Rutledge’s prostitutes, turned herself in Oct. 24, 2007.