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Fox’s “America’s Most Wanted” focusing on Vernon Forrest Saturday

Fox’s “America’s Most Wanted” is going to present two Georgia-related cases on Saturday’s episode, to air at 9 p.m.

The show will explore the murder of Atlanta boxer Vernon Forrest (left, credit: AP) last weekend. It will also return to a case it first aired in March about a female escort service owner from Milton, GA who is still at large after having a customer murdered.

Angeline Hartmann, who was known for a time on Fox 5 as Angeline Correa before she got married, produced both pieces. She will often do stories in Georgia because of her past ties here.

“The Vernon Forrest case has national interest,” she said.

As of Friday, she admits AMW doesn’t have any major revelations on the Forrest story, but they will be able to give it more exposure. “AMW” frequently draws 5 to 6 million viewers.

“I’m surprised it has not been a bigger story,” she said. “He’s not only a national champion but he did so many great things for the community.”

Cops have surveillance video of one suspect.

The second case involves Kisha “Key” Marie Rutledge, wanted for felony murder.

Keith Brown, a customer, apparently bragged about going around Rutledge and paying the prostitutes directly. Rutledge, who Hartmann said “scared everybody because she rules by intimidation,” was not pleased when she heard the news. She hired three guys to help kill him and steal his money. On June 12, 2007, she did just that.

The other three have been caught and prosecuted. Two years later, she’s still wanted. “This was interesting to me because she wasn’t just this very bad female but ruthless.”

Since the first case aired in March, Hartmann said the cops have gotten a few leads and she has been seen in different places but they have yet to catch her. They hope another airing (which features a re-enactment of the murder) will vet out more leads.

Disclosure: I worked with Angeline when she was president of the Atlanta chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association. She started “Georgia’s Most Wanted” on WAGA. She has been a producer at “America’s Most Wanted” for the past four years.

10 comments Add your comment

yvette

July 31st, 2009
6:07 pm

I wish he hadn’t chased those people. All they stole was material things. Things he could get back. Can’t get back life, once it’s gone, it’s gone. Guns give people a false sense of security, they think as long as they are armed that nothing can happen to them, that they are protected. That isn’t always the case, as we have seen here. I wish to God he hadn’t chased after them, I believe he would still be alive today. He could have replaced whatever they took. My prayers are with his family.

tjhook

July 31st, 2009
6:49 pm

Yvette, you’re right, but I’m glad shows like ‘America’s Most Wanted’ are around because it reminds people that we can seek justice and not just accept being victims. Thank you Angeline Hartmann for thinking of Vernon and was he left this world.

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melvinowens

July 31st, 2009
7:51 pm

yvette:those were material things. but, i would like to know why people kill others over material things. instead of killing others over material things, these outlaws need to get a job ,and then they can pursue thier materialistic dreams. because there is one truth in this, you can not make a living off armed robberies. sooner or later you will be caught, dead or alive. i reside in wisconsin, and i always thought vernon was great champion. i hope they catch these scumbags who took his life, soon.

yvette

July 31st, 2009
8:07 pm

I know melvinowens. Vernon has really been on my mind. I hope they do catch them too. This was totally senseless. We are in a recession true enough, but there are still jobs out there. There is no excuse for what they did. And shooting him in the back, how cold can you get. I will watch the segment on America’s Most Wanted. That’s my favorite show. I’m glad it’s on the air. I watch it every Saturday. I think it’s an important show. Even though I didn’t know Vernon, it still hurts.

FREEDOM

August 1st, 2009
7:32 am

HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN CARRYING A GUN. IF HE HAD , HE WOULD STILL BE ALIVE TODAY !
FREEDOM

Ruger13

August 1st, 2009
10:57 am

Err, FREEDOM, he was carring a gun. He exchanged shots with one of the perps. He misjudged who he was chasing, didn’t count the number of perps and made the mistake of turning his back. Get your facts straight or don’t post.

WRATH

August 1st, 2009
11:24 am

I knew Vernon Forrest personally and he was definitely a “Good Dude”… Yeah he died in a senseless way and it still bothers me to know that I was just talking with him. He had future plans and goals and they all included doing something positive.

Vernon Forrest gone too soon.

I pray that his family is doing well, and hopefully the airing of his killing on America’s Most Wanted will help to catch those responsible for taking his life.

Derrick Lampkins

August 4th, 2009
12:21 pm

Hey yvette and tjhook, you all questioning why he ran after them, it was because some lazy good for nothing mother_______ couldn’t work to get their own sh__. Why don’t you all question why we African Americans get a kick out of killing somebodies son, father, uncle, or friend away because they can’t provide for themselves. Vernon was a man and he did what he had to do. My name is Derrick Lampkins and I knew Vernon personally and what the brother went thru to get what he had accomplished. So everybody questioning on why he ran after them,need to question the killers who took Vernon away from us.

Chahlee

August 17th, 2009
11:37 pm

I wish that he was still alive, but I don’t wish that he wouldn’t have chased them. I think he needed to chase them, and praise God… Somebody caught them because he chased them; all three of them. If we fear cowards who work in the dark/behind close doors, then how will they ever be exposed in the daytime for what they really are?