Former Rochester anti-violence advocate Joyce E.“Joy” Powell was found guilty of second-degree murder this morning by an Orleans County jury .
Powell, 49, is currently serving a 16-year prison term for a prior conviction on burglary and assault charges.
She was convicted today of the murder of John Rutledge, 37, of Rochester, who was found dead in a ditch on the side of Sawyer Road in Carlton, Orleans County, on June 6, 1992. He had been shot several times.
Powell and Shaliq Reed, 36, were charged with the slaying in December 2009 after State Police reopened the investigation. Police said Powell and Reed were involved in drug trafficking with Rutledge and alleged they killed him in a dispute over money.
Reed, who is serving a prison term of 25 years to life for fatally shooting a Rochester man in a dispute over a woman in 1997, was acquitted by a jury after a trial in September.
Powell is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 1.
Powell became an outspoken anti-violence advocate after her release from prison in 1995, after she had served two years on a drug conviction. She became a minister and self-proclaimed anti-crime activist. Her efforts intensified in 2000 after her son was shot to death during an argument over drugs.
In 2007, she was convicted for an October 2006 incident in which a woman was beaten in her Copeland Street home, pepper-sprayed and tossed through a front window. The woman suffered a fractured spine and lacerated spleen.
An appellate court denied Powell’s appeal of that conviction in December.
Typical black using the race card to try and get out of jail free again. Anti-violence and uses a gun to violently KILL another druggie she had dealings with. I hope they hang her high from the bell tower in the city square although she deserves much more. typical black says one thing and ydoes just the opposite, at least she will be off the streets for a long time! Give her 55 years to life and no time off for good behaviour either, Thats why they are in there anyway, to behave!.