Fourth arrest made in North 25 Housing murder

Rahein McInnis

A fourth man was arrested and charged in a double shooting that left one woman dead and injured a teenager outside the North 25 Housing complex this month.

Rahein McInnis, 32, of Trenton, was arrested in a vehicle on Country Lane in Ewing around 9 p.m. Wednesday night by members of the Mercer County Homicide Task Force and the U.S. Marshals.

He is charged with murder and related offenses along with 18-year-old Zion Williams and two 16-year-old teens whom prosecutors have not identified because they are underage.

Williams is also charged with child endangerment, and prosecutors have filed a motion to have him detained pending trial.

The four suspects were allegedly involved in the Oct. 6 broad daylight double shooting at the intersection of Carver Lane and North Willow Street that left 58-year-old Wilma Rutledge dead and injured a 14-year-old girl, a student at the 9th Grade Academy in Trenton.

Wilma Rutledge (Facebook Photo)

Wilma Rutledge (Facebook Photo)

Rutledge was shot in the neck and the teenager was hit by bullets in the stomach and arm, sources said, adding that they were innocent bystanders. The victims were taken to the hospital where Rutledge succumbed to her injuries.

An investigation led by detectives Scott Peterson and Nancy Diaz culminated in the arrests of the criminal quartet. Both 16-year-olds were taken into custody without incident. Prosecutors have not specified their alleged roles in the homicide.

Rutledge was born in Daytona Beach, Florida, raised as a Jehovah’s Witness and lived in Trenton for more than five decades, according to her obituary.

She graduated from Trenton Central High School and the Wilford Beauty Academy. Rutledge, who worked at the Coca-Cola Factory in Hightstown, is survived by three sons.

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