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Cook DA seeks death penalty in double murder

Dick Perryman Dick Perryman
ADEL, GA (WALB) - A man accused of beating a woman and toddler to death in Cook County could be put to death if he's convicted.

District Attorney Dick Perryman announced Thursday his office will seek the death penalty in the case of a horrific May 2013 double murder. It's the first capital punishment case for his office in years. The last person WALB was able to find who received a death sentence in the Alapaha Judicial Circuit was William Earl Lynn, back in 1990. Perryman says going after the death penalty is not an easy decision.

33-year-old Lisa Hall and her 15-month-old daughter Jersi were found beaten to death inside their Cook County home in May of 2013. On Thursday, the district attorney in charge of prosecuting the case said he will seek the death penalty for the accused murderer. Investigators say 32 year-old Bo Rutland beat the mother and little girl to death with a baseball bat.

"I had to give a lot of thought and a lot of prayer because [the death penalty is] a very serious matter," said the D.A.

Perryman wouldn't talk about a motive or details of the case on Thursday. He said one of the biggest things he considered when deciding whether to seek the death penalty was whether his office could spare the resources for such a huge undertaking.

"Our biggest challenge is gonna be, because of the size of our office and because we're so small and we're such a rural circuit, is gonna be time management and how much resources trying a death penalty case is gonna consume."

Now that the decision has been made, it also means that it may take a lot longer for the case to go to trial. "Probably more than a year," said Perryman, when asked how long, specifically it could be before the case goes to trial.

Regardless of how long it does take to go to trial, Perryman said deciding to seek the death penalty was the right decision. "Considering the nature of this case and the horrific facts involved, it's certainly appropriate under Georgia law,” said Perryman.

Rutland remains in the Cook County Jail on a $1.6 million bond.

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