Aron's Murder-for-Hire Case
Aron Wins Ruling Against Split Trial :
A judge gave lawyers for Aron a tactical victory, ruling that her trial be unified into a single phase addressing both her guilt or innocence and her mental status at the time of the alleged crime.
After Dispute With Friend, Aron to Return to Potomac Home :
Aron moved back into the $700,000 Potomac house she once shared with her husband, to live unsupervised while she awaits trial. Since being released from a state psychiatric hospital in November, Aron lived in the home of a friend, who asked her to move out.
Missing Guns in Aron Case Found at Home by Husband :
The two handguns reported missing from Aron's home after her arrest last summer were discovered in her Potomac home by her husband, Barry, whom Aron is charged with trying to kill.
Aron Released to Home Detention:
Aron was freed to live in the Silver Spring home of her friend Phyllis Book in November 1997, pending trial. She was required to wear a radio-equipped ankle bracelet and document visits to her attorneys and psychiatrists.
Psychiatrists Examine Aron: Ruthann Aron's defense team turned her over to a team of psychiatrists in an effort to gather evidence in support of a possible insanity plea. Aron's attorneys said she would plead "not criminally responsible" to counts of solicitation for murder.
Planning Board Ousts Aron: With Aron in jail, the Montgomery County Council voted unanimously to strip her of her $18,500-a-year seat on the county Planning Board.
Aron's Life in Profile:
From teenage years spent waitressing in her father's diner in the Catskill Mountains, Ruthann Aron grew into an aggressive some say abrasive businesswoman and politician.
Attorney Requests Psychiatric Evaluation:
The day after Aron's arrest, her attorney, Barry Helfand, asked a judge to send her to a psychiatric hospital for evaluation. He also requested she be placed on 24-hour suicide watch.
Aron Informant Was Well-Known: William H. Mossburg Jr., the man Ruthann Aron allegedly turned to for help finding a hit man, was once identified as the target of a murder-for-hire plot.
Aron Arrested for Trying to Hire Hit Man:
Ruthann Aron was arrested as she was making a call from a pay phone at a Rockville hotel. The charge: trying to hire a hitman to kill her husband and a Baltimore lawyer.
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