Suspect in Rutherford murder surrenders to police

lgierer@ledger-enquirer.comJuly 7, 2013 

Cody Mathis

Cody Jamal Mathis, 17, the suspect in the June murder of David Rutherford of Columbus, surrendered to police Sunday afternoon.

The Columbus teen gave himself up to officers around 4:45 p.m. at the office of his attorney Stacey Jackson.

Mathis was then taken to the Muscogee County Jail.

Rutherford's body was found in the back parking lot of Greater Ward Chapel on Talbotton Road on June 26 and an arrest warrant was issued later in the week.

"My client is not guilty," Jackson said. "He had nothing to do with this incident whatsoever."

Jackson said he wanted to make sure his client was arrested in a safe environment.

"He was listed as armed and dangerous. I really don't know why," Jackson said.

Rutherford, 57, was a former radio personality in town.

He lived on 28th street.

Rutherford's body was taken to Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab for an autopsy to find an exact cause of death.

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