A former Columbus radio personality was found dead in the parking lot of a church, police in western Georgia said Thursday.
Authorities say 57-year-old David Rutherford was found behind Greater Ward Chapel AME Church Wednesday. WTVM-TV (http://bit.ly/18jeJw1) reported that the man’s death has been ruled a homicide.
Rutherford, originally from New Jersey, became a taxi driver after retiring from Magic 101.3 FM.
Police have yet to disclose details on the man’s death, but neighbors told the television station they heard Rutherford being robbed outside of his house.
“I heard somebody talking about ‘Give me the money’ and all kinds of stuff like that, and that was it,” Rutherford’s long-time friend and neighbor, James Crouch, told the television station.
“They wouldn’t have had to do that. Not to Dave they wouldn’t,” his cousin, Marvin Rutherford, told the station. “Because whatever they asked for, he would have given it to them.” Marvin Rutherford sat in his cousin’s cab with him reading the newspaper the day before he died.
Neighbors said they became suspicious about Rutherford’s whereabouts when they found the keys to his cab lying on the ground outside of his house.
Rutherford, known as Dave Ford while he was on the air, has also worked for radio stations in Manchester, Ga., Miami and Washington D.C.