Zach Rutledge Acquitted of Double Murder

ZACH RUTLEDGE WAS ACQUITTED OF ALL CHARGES FRIDAY IN THE 1998 MURDER OF TWO RUSSIAN
RIVER-AREA MEN,

Chris Reynolds worked on this case for several years with attorney J. David Nick. Mr. Reynolds was instrumental in locating the rightful owner of murder weapon and convincing him to give a tape recorded statement that eventually led jurors to conclude Mr .Rutledge was innocent and the other “witness” was most likely the killer. 

Published on
September 30, 2006
© 2006- The Press Democrat
BYLINE:    PAUL PAYNE

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Zach Rutledge was acquitted of all charges Friday in the 1998 murder of
two Russian River-area men, ending a nearly four-year legal battle.

Rutledge, 30, hugged his lawyer and his faced
reddened after the jury verdict was announced in the Sonoma County Superior
Court room of Judge Elliot Daum.
“I’m glad it’s all over,” Rutledge said Friday night. “It’s been a
long journey. I’m taking a deep breath.”

Rutledge had been in custody since his arrest in
2002. He was released from jail about 90 minutes after the verdict was read and
went to dinner before heading to the family home in Monte Rio.

He was accused of killing Hans Grahlmann, 57, a businessman who owned bars in San Francisco, Guerneville and Monte Rio, and
Jason Blore, 26, an employee of Grahlmann.  The two men were shot to death at Grahlmann’s home near Monte Rio.

Investigators initially focused on business associates of Grahlmann and the case seemed to
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