March 30, 1996 in Nation/World

Teens Arrested For School Plot, Murder

Compiled From Wire Services

Three teenagers who had hoped to get on the national news by taking over their boarding school at gunpoint killed a classmate because they thought he would stand in their way, an investigator says.

Will Futrelle, 16, of Boca Raton, Fla., was found dead Monday in the woods at the 160-acre Mountain Park Baptist Academy, a school in the Ozarks for troubled youngsters. He had been beaten with a club and brick, and his throat had been slashed with a pocket knife.

Anthony Gene Rutherford, 18, of Siloam Springs, Ark., was charged with with murder and jailed without bail. Two 15-year-old boys from California were arrested as juveniles.

Rutherford had been plotting for weeks to take over the school and recruited the 15-year-olds by telling them the incident would make them famous, police said.

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