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New Trial for Anthony Rutherford and Joe Burris

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In 1995, a student was murdered at Mountain Park Baptist Boarding Academy, an unlicensed school for \"troubled teens\" in Patterson, Missouri with a history of abuse allegations. Will Futrelle, 15, was killed by two classmates, Joe Burris, 15, and Anthony Rutherford, 18. These students claim their motive for the crime was to get national media attention for the children who were being mistreated at MP. Sam Gerhardt, an operator of MP, was allowed to stand in and allow the young men to waive their right to an attorney when officials interviewed them. Sam Gerhardt and the staff of the school are now being sued for alledgedly drugging the students of the school. If these boys were drugged, they would not have been in a fit mental state to waive their rights. When Rutherford and Burris were questioned, they claim they could not remember what they had planned to tell the media and officials when they arrived. Based on the statements they gave at that time, Joe Burris was tried as an adult. This is legally and morally wrong. We believe that Mountain Park has had the local officials either blind-sided or in their hip-pockets for many years. We intend to put a stop to this. We are petitioning the courts to give Anthony Rutherford and Joe Burris a new trial.


This petition is sponsered by Mountain Park Survivors. Former students of Mountain Park who do not condone the murder of Will Futrelle, but do understand that a child locked in this school would resort to almost anything to get out.

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