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Attorney: Colonial Heights suspects recorded mob attack


The fourth suspect in the Rusty Mack beating death in Colonial Heights was denied bond Monday.

Francis Blaha III went before a judge Monday, and another suspect, Jonathan Guy, is due for his bond hearing Tuesday.

This all comes as the Commonwealth's Attorney opens up about what they calling a possible huge piece of new evidence in the case. Attorney Bill Bray says there is possible cell phone video of the beating. They could get their hands on it as early as Tuesday.

"I understand there is a recording," said Commonwealth's Attorney Bill Bray. "I'm not sure if it's video or audio only."

Attorney Bray said the possible cell phone recording could a major development in the beating death investigation.

Police have charged the victim's estranged wife Ashley Mack and three others, including a juvenile, with murder by mob.

"It really is a terrible case," said Bray. "It is out of character, I think, for Colonial Heights. Certainly I have never seen anything exactly like this."

The community is finding creative ways to reach out to the family. Deluxe Tattoo along Boulevard is offering a week-long fundraiser. All proceeds from a $50 Team Rusty tattoo will go to the family.

"A lot of people have been affected by it in the area," said tattoo shop owner Greg Duffek. "So we jut decided to help out."

Duffek has used his talents before to raise funds for families in their darkest hour.

"I just like helping people," said Duffek. "Hopefully it will come back to me one day if I ever need help."

"I wish I could wave a wand and make it all go away and stop," said Bray. "But I can't."

The 17-year-old female juvenile could take center stage in the murder investigation.

"The evidence should show that she kicked him in the head," said Bray. "I'm not aware of how many times at this point. It's a tragedy all around. We will prosecute the juvenile the same as we would prosecute an adult in this case."

The juvenile has a bond hearing on Thursday - she turns 18 that same day.

The funeral for Rusty will be held on Tuesday, March 5 at 11 a.m. at Mount Pleasant Church, 3110 Greenwood Avenue in Colonial Heights.

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