Clipped From The Camden News
Rusk Freed On Third Trial WALDRON, Ark, (AP) Frederick L Kush, who once faced a life prison sentence in the slaying of his stepfather, was acquitted Thursday at his third trial. “It’s all over now. son,” Hugh Hardin, chief defense attorney, told the red headed Rush after a jury returned a verdict of in nocent on a second degree murder charge. Rush’s wife, Charlotte, and his mother. Mrs Virginia Rush, leaped to their feet and uttered cries of joy when the jury’s decision was announced. The jury deliberated only one hour after a three-day trial. The state charged that Rush and two other persons conspired to kill Paul Rush, who was fatally shot in the darkened basement of the V&R Sales Co. building at Fort Smith May 13, 1962. Rush was convicted at his first trial and sentenced to life m prison The two other persons later were acquitted and Rush's conviction was reversed bv the Arkansas Supreme Court. Rush then was tried for second-degree murder, convicted and sentenced to 12 years in prison, but that verdict was also reversed by the Supreme Court. Rush contended that Pual Rush was shot by a burglar. Fred Rush said he and his stepfather went into the VAR building to investigate a light He said he was qounded and his foster father fatally shot.