When we were Fellows, the group traveled to Detroit on a field trip, where we sat through the morning meeting at the Free Press. Someone asked an editor how you judge the display of crime news in a metro area so far-flung and sprawling. The answer was a version of “you trust your gut,” but I also recall this response: “Heinousness plays a part.”
As paramedics frantically stripped 17-year-old Billie Rutledge to find the first series of bullet wounds and try to save his life, the man, now armed with a shotgun, walked up to the driveway on Omira in northern Detroit. He ordered paramedics to step aside.
With that, he leveled the shotgun at Rutledge, as the paramedics fled, and blasted the teen early Saturday morning in the top of the head.