09-17-2014, 07:48 PM #1
OH - Lt. Ray 'Joe' Clark, 49, murdered at his Marietta home, 7 February 1981
Mitchell Ruble, 63, of Lowell, Ohio, was arrested Tuesday and is in the Washington County Jail on a charge of aggravated murder in the death of Deputy Lt. Ray "Joe" Clark...
Lt. Clark was 49 when he was shot to death Feb. 7, 1981, at his home in Marietta on Dodd's Run Road. Investigators said Ruble waited outside his former colleague's home and used a shotgun to fire through the kitchen window. Ruble was a Washington County sheriff's deputy until December 1979, when Lt. Clark terminated his employment because of the use of excessive force while on duty.
Sheriff Larry Mincks Sr. said, "We do believe that revenge was the motive for this crime."
Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks... said he will never forget the night of February 7th, 198 - the night he heard over the police scanner an emergency call to the home of Lieutenant Joe Clark. "He had been shot through the window of his home. He was watching an Ohio State basketball game and had gone to the refrigerator to get a snack during halftime. His wife was seated in the other room and she heard the explosion, went in and saw him laying on the floor"...
Mincks says Mitchell Ruble, a former deputy and subordinate of Clark's, was a suspect early on... But it would take decades to make the case against him. In 2011, Mincks hired a retired deputy to focus exclusively on cold cases, including Clark's. Persistent police work, plus the resources of the Ohio Attorney General's Office, finally paid off yesterday.
"We got our man," said Mincks.
01-15-2016, 11:10 AM #2
At approximately 7 p.m. Tuesday evening, the 12-member jury returned to the Washington County Common Pleas courtroom of Judge Randall Burnworth and reported that it could not reach a unanimous decision...
With a jury deadlocked at 6 votes for guilty and 6 votes for not guilty, the 12 members were immediately dismissed, and the case is expected to head for a re-trial in the next few months.
04-28-2016, 10:44 PM #3
A former deputy is going to prison for life in an Ohio cold case homicide believed to be one of the oldest of such cases involving the slaying of a law enforcement officer ever to be successfully prosecuted, the state attorney general’s office said.
Mitchell Ruble, 65, convicted by a jury in March of aggravated murder in the 1981 killing of Washington County sheriff’s Lt. Ray “Joe” Clark, was sentenced Thursday morning.
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