Richard Lee Earman, 34, was indicted by an Arlington County grand jury for the second time yesterday on murder charges in the deaths of real estate man Alan W. Foreman and Foreman's girl friend Donna Shoemaker last May.
The original murder indictments against Earman were dropped by Arlington Commonwealth's Attorney William S. Burroughs in an unusual legal maneuver that delayed Earman's trial, which had been scheduled to start July 25. Burroughs said he had received new information about the case the night before the trial was scheduled to begin.
Burroughs had Earman rearrested on two charges of entering Forman's home with the intent to commit murder. The grand jury indicted Earman on those charges yesterday in addition to two counts of murder and using a gun in the commission of a crime.
At a preliminary hearing last week on the breaking and entering charge, a longtime friend of Earman's testified that Earman had offered him $5,000 three months before the slayings to kill a real estate agent for Town and Country Properties, Inc, Foreman was a Town and Country agent.
The friend also testified that Earman told him he would be paid from the dead man's $60,000 life insurance policy.
Two other men, Joseph C. Martin of Sterling, Va., and Charles N. Silcox of Burke have been charged with murdering Foreman and Shoemaker, Martin, an agent for the New York Life Insurance Co., sold Foreman a $56,000 insurance policy last February and Silcox, who paid the $100 a month premium, was named the beneficiary.
According to a court paper filed Friday, Martin said he was at home May 7 and May 8, around the time of the slayings.
Foreman's and Shoemaker's bodies were found May 8 in Forman's bloodspattered Jaguar parked in the garage in his home on N. George Mason Drive. The deaths occurred sometime between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m. May 7.
Burroughs has said in court papers that Earman attempted to make the slayings appear to be associated with a burglary. Police found a broken window and blood stains on coins, papers and furniture inside the house. Some of Shoemaker's credit cards were found around Logan Circle in Washington.