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Father in Hamilton double murder pleads guilty, sentenced to life

Alfred I. Rutherford (Photo provided) Alfred I. Rutherford (Photo provided)

The man accused of murdering his 29-year-old daughter and another man inside his Hamilton home pleaded guilty in court.

Alfred Ike Rutherford pleaded guilty to aggravated murder and murder Tuesday. 

Butler County Prosecutor Michael Gmoser says that Rutherford will be sentenced to life with no chance of parole.  Rutherford will not be given the death penalty.

Officers found his 29-year-old daughter, Lacey Rutherford, and 41-year-old Steve Watkins of Wilmington gunned down just after 2:30 a.m. June 18 of last year.

[Related: Police: Man accused of killing daughter, man]

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

Gmoser says there was an argument in the house that a gun had been sold to pay for drugs.  

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.

[Related: Listen to the 911 call]

Rutherford was taken into custody about eight hours later at Joyce Park in Hamilton.

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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