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Worcester Man Charged In Murder, Intimidation In Death Of Rutland Man

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) – A 24-year-old Worcester man has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of a Rutland man who was found dead in his home last weekend.

James Rutherford was ordered held without bail Friday during his arraignment in the death of Francis Spokis.

Rutherford and Lee Anne Chesko, also of Worcester, are also charged with intimidation of a witness for allegedly lying to police about phone calls to the 52-year-old Spokis in the days before he was found dead.

During Rutherford’s arraignment, First Assistant District Attorney Daniel Bennett said a large television and several weapons were stolen from Spokis’ house by Rutherford. He said police found an ammunition box in Rutherford’s car, similar to the one stolen from Spokis. Bennett said the box had human blood on it.

It couldn’t immediately be determined who is representing Rutherford.

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