Charges dropped against suspect in teen's shooting death

Charges dropped against suspect in teen's shooting death

Credit: Multnomah Co.

Todd Allen Rutherford, 18

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by By ANNE YEAGER / KGW and KGW.com Staff

NWCN.com

Posted on August 15, 2009 at 1:44 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 25 at 4:21 PM

PORTLAND - Prosecutors on Thursday dropped charges against an 18-year-old arrested in the shooting death of a high school at a Southeast Portland park last week.

District Attorney Norm Frink said charges would be dropped Thursday afternoon against 18-year-old Todd Rutherford, who was arrested Monday.

Borishell Washington, 18, died after she was shot at Raymond Park last Sunday.

Family and friends of the suspect showed a sign of support by showing up at Rutherford's court hearing Wednesday.

"We feel sorry that this happened, but I can tell you without a doubt, I know that my nephew didn't do it, " Said David Moaning, Rutherford's uncle.

Friends said they can prove that Rutherford wasn't there, but they can't agree on where he was.

Some friends told a different story, claiming he was at a nearby apartment complex and challenged police to check the security cameras.

An investigation was continuing.

"There are cameras over there. We were trying to get them (police) to look at the cameras. He was not at the park," said Natasha Williams, a friend of the suspect who was with him when he was arrested.

Williams said a white van began to pursue them on Monday.

"We were on the corner. I was about to make a right-hand turn and the white van started shooting at us. I took off as fast as I could, " Williams said.

Police said they used a bean bag gun to stop the car and take Rutherford into custody.

Washington was going to graduate on Sunday, June 6, and planned on going to beauty school, her family said.

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