Georgia Murder Suspect Surrenders to Lubbock Authorities - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/15/06

Georgia Murder Suspect Surrenders to Lubbock Authorities

Lubbock Police Dept. Lubbock Police Dept.

Kelsey LaCarl Ruth was booked into the Lubbock County Jail Thursday morning after turning himself into authorities. Ruth was wanted for allegedly shooting and killing his girlfriend near Atlanta, Georgia.  

Ruth's car was spotted by NewsChannel 11 at the home of Ruth's mother, as Lubbock Police searched for him Wednesday evening. The Pontiac Sunfire had the same license plate Georgia authorities were looking for. We also learned Ruth's mother recently accepted her share of a $36 million lottery ticket. She had no comment on her son.  

Ruth is wanted for the shooting death of his girlfriend, Tai Morgan in Decatur, Georgia. A cable repair man found the woman on Tuesday with no sign of forced entry. We did some research and found Ruth has a history of violence against women. In 2000, Ruth was indicted for allegedly beating his common law wife. Ruth also has a prior family violence assault conviction. He is the same man who tried to escape from the Lubbock County Jail by jumping from a third-floor courthouse window. Authorities found Ruth hiding in an alley dumpster just three blocks from the Lubbock County Courthouse with minor injuries.

Authorities say they expect to send Ruth back to Georgia where he will likely face murder charges.

Judge Bob Blackburn read Kelsey Ruth his right's today at an arraignment hearing. The judge did not provide Ruth with a bond. Ruth also waived his extradition rights. Georgia authorities have not scheduled a time to pick him up from the Lubbock County Jail.

Tune into NewsChannel 11 tonight at 5, 6 and 10 for the latest on this developing news story.

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