Curtis Alexander Ruede
Birth: about 2006
Death: July 16, 2010
Curtis Ruede, 4, of Andalusia, died Fri., July 16, 2010, at the home of his grandmother in Opp.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m., Thurs., July 22, at Keahey Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Roger Lee officiating and burial following in the Harmony Church Cemetery with Keahey Funeral Home directing.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to services.
Survivors include his mother, Kimberly Harris of Andalusia; his father, Eric Ruede of Bellingham, Wash.; brother, Braxton Davis; sister, MaKenzi Moody, both of Andalusia; maternal grandparents, Denise and James Harrell of Ariton; paternal grandmother, Glendia Powell of Andalusia; paternal great-grandmother, Pat Davis of Andalusia; and maternal great-grandmother, Josephine Harris of Andalusia.
Serving as pallbearers are Chris Harris and Brad Harrell.
Burial: Harmony Baptist Church Cemetery, Harmony, Covington County, Alabama, USA
Associated Press – Jul. 20, 2010
Opp Police Chief Nickey Carnley has identified a 4-year-old by who was shot to death as Curtis Alexander Ruede. The child was fatally shot on Friday. Carnley says 25-year-old John Curtis Davis, the boy’s uncle, is charged with capital murder.
Carnley said Monday the weapon, which was identified Friday at a 14.5 mm rifle, was actually at .177 mm pellet gun.
Davis is being held in the Covington County, Al., Jail without bond. District Attorney Greg Gambril says a lawyer will be appointed to represent Davis this week.
The Associated Press – Sep. 20, 2012
An Opp man accused of killing his 4-year-old nephew has been sentenced to life in prison.
WAKA-TV reports that 28-year-old John C. Davis was sentenced Wednesday after he pleaded guilty in the July 2010 killing of Curtis Ruede.
Davis was originally charged with capital murder. Authorities had said he fatally shot his nephew with a pellet gun because he dropped a checker piece on his foot.
In addition to being sentenced to life in prison, Davis was also ordered to pay restitution for his nephew’s burial expenses and $5,000 to the Crime Victim’s Compensation Fund.