More guilty verdicts in LA murder-for-profit scheme

April 21, 2008 10:49:24 AM PDT
A Los Angeles jury has convicted an elderly woman of two more counts in a scheme to kill homeless men to collect insurance payoffs. Jurors convicted 75-year-old Olga Rutterschmidt on Monday of first-degree murder in the 1999 death of 73-year-old Paul Vados. She also was convicted of conspiracy to murder him for financial gain.

She and co-defendant Helen Golay were convicted of other counts last week.

Prosecutors said the two women collected $2.8 million before their scheme was uncovered. Authorities said Vados and 50-year-old Kenneth McDavid were run over in murders staged to look like hit-and-run accidents.

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