$2M bond set for Hamilton man charged with shooting daughter, another man

Alfred I. Rutherford (Provided photo) and Lacey Rutherford (Photo: Facebook)
Alfred I. Rutherford (Provided photo) and Lacey Rutherford (Photo: Facebook)

HAMILTON, OH (FOX19) - A $2 million bond has been set for the man accused of murdering his 29-year-old daughter and another man inside his Hamilton home.

Alfred Rutherford was arraigned in a Butler County courtroom Thursday morning after officers found his daughter, Lacey, and 41-year-old Steve Watkins of Wilmington gunned down Wednesday just after 2:30 a.m.

Police said there were multiple people gathered at the home on Hilda Avenue, including children, when an argument broke out that led to gunfire.

Rutherford's wife called 911 and said that he shot their daughter with a shotgun and then left the house. She told the operator that she didn't know where he was going. During the call, Lacey's son is heard crying in the background.

Rutherford was on the run for about eight hours before he was spotted in Joyce Park and arrested without incident.

Police charged Rutherford with two counts of murder and one count of obstruction of official business.

FOX19 Investigates found that Rutherford has a lengthy record with many run-ins with the law. The charges he's faced include kidnapping, robbery and discharging firearms in the city. He's also had several DUI and drug arrests.

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