RUDY MAN ARRESTED IN MURDER FOR HIRE CASE
Former Van Buren photographer John Kelly age 50 of Rudy, was arrested for conspiring to commit murder, 4 counts.
Crawford County Sheriff’s Department reports that Kelly planned to kill a juvenile who he allegedly raped last year, her grandparents and her father. Kelly was previously charged with five counts of sexual assault in January 2018, but was released on June 7, 2018, on a $50,000 bond.
Kelly considered sending them to Mexico and arranging that they “never return” and discussed killing the four people himself. He gave the other person money and a motorcycle. He also promised the other person a Mustang upon completion of the job. Kelly faces four counts of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder as a result of a 5 month investigation
Kelly was the former owner Heritage Portraits in Van Buren in Crawford County. At the time of ownership, his photography business was contracted to take class pictures for surrounding school districts.
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