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Columbus Police Officer's Alleged Killer Could Face Death Penalty

Franklin County Jail

The alleged killer of Columbus Police SWAT officer Steven Smith could face the death penalty, if convicted.   The indictment handed down Tuesday against 44-year-old Lincoln Rutledge includes aggravated murder, attempted murder, felonious assault and aggravated arson.

Rutledge is accused of shooting Columbus SWAT officer Steven Smith in the head while officers were trying to arrest Rutledge on an arson warrant.
The 54-year-old Smith died two days after being shot April 10 while standing in the turret of a SWAT vehicle.
Ohio law includes killing a police officer as a factor that can lead to capital punishment.

Debbie Holmes has worked at WOSU News since 2009. She has hosted All Things Considered, since May 2021. Prior to that she was the host of Morning Edition and a reporter.