Fort Wayne man accused of killing his father with hammer to stand trial in June

Scott Ruse faces murder and attempted murder charges in the death of his father and injury of his mother in a July 2017 beating. (Photo courtesy of Allen County Sheriff's Department)

A man facing murder and attempted murder charges after he allegedly beat his parents with a hammer is scheduled to stand trial in June. Allen Superior Judge John F. Surbeck on Monday set a June 12-14 trial for Scott L. Ruse, 50, of the 400 block of Fifth Street.

Ruse faces a charge of murder in the death of his father, Gene Ruse, 75, and attempted murder of his mother Sandra Ruse, 71, in the July 5 attack at his parents’ home. He also faces two counts of robbery resulting in serious bodily injury for allegedly taking the wallet out of his wounded father’s pants and leaving in his parents’ vehicle, which was found by police by using OnStar global positioning services.

Scott Ruse had a November trial canceled; a second competency report was filed Thursday that found he was competent to stand trial.

According to court documents filed in Allen Superior Court, the following is alleged to have occurred:

Ruse allegedly attacked his parents to get money to buy crack cocaine. His father died July 18, nearly two weeks after being beaten in the head with a hammer. During a police interview, Scott Ruse allegedly admitted to police he went to his parents’ house with the intent to kill them both.

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