Richard Lee Earman, acquitted last October in the double murder of Arlington real estate agent Alan Foreman, 26, and his 25-year-old finance Donna Shoemaker, has been arrested by police in Stanton. Mich., on a charge of breaking and entering.
Detective Bill McCarthy of the Stanton sheriff's department said yesterday that shortly after midnight on Aug. 7, three men blasted a hole in a cement wall and broke into the McNally Lumber Yard in Stanton, [WORD ILLEGIBLE] farming village of 1,500 people located near Grand Rapids.
McCarthy said that the robbery was interrupted in progress by sheriff's deputies on routine patrol. The three men, who were carrying walkie-talkers fled in a rental car registered to Earman, according to McCarthy.
The next morning, as deputies were searching area motels for the car, Earman called Michigan State Police to report that his car had been stolen during the night from outside his motel room. It was recovered later that day at another motel, McCarthy said.
McCarthy said that Earman, 35, has denied any involvement in the crime. He reportedly told police that he is a tennis pro and tennis racquet salesman and flex into Grand Rapids from Washington on Aug. 6. He was scheduled to fly to Chicago an hour before he called state police, McCarthy said.
McCarthy said that Earman is being held in jail in lieu of $5,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled Aug. 21.
A former real estate agent. Earman spent more than five years in prison after being convicted for his part in the 1963 Beltway burglaries in which more than 5,000 area homes were robbed.