Police in upstate New York have charged a 38-year-old handyman with last month's robbery and slaying of David Greenzweig, the father of Maryland Republican U.S. Senate candidate Ruthann Aron.
The accused, Raymond Fulton, was helping Mr. Greenzweig, 77, renovate his house in South Fallsburg, N.Y., at the time of the slaying, said Police Chief Brent Lawrence.
South Fallsburg police charged Mr. Fulton with second-degree murder and first-degree robbery Thursday night after police in Florida tracked him down in a motel in Key West. Police are still looking for a second suspect.
Ms. Aron, a Montgomery County developer, expressed relief yesterday at news of the arrest and thanked police for their work. She said she was sorry, though, that the accused would not be eligible for the death penalty because New York does not have capital punishment.
"At worst, the murderer will receive three meals a day and be provided with a safe place to sleep at night for the rest of his life," she said.
Mr. Greenzweig was beaten to death Aug. 24 with a pipe wrench and robbed of several hundred dollars, according to police. His 1984 Cadillac El Dorado also was stolen. After police found Mr. Fulton, he led them to the missing car, which was apparently left at a bus station in Miami, Chief Lawrence said.
Mr. Fulton remained in the Sullivan County Jail last night without bail. He is scheduled for a formal arraignment Monday.
After returning from her father's funeral last week, Ms. Aron spoke at campaign events about how his slaying had steeled her resolve to fight crime.
"My father was killed in the midst of a robbery for the money that was in his pocket, probably by criminals who think that they can get away with it," she said at a GOP debate in Montgomery County. "I will go to the United States Senate more committed than ever to be tough on crime, to put criminals behind bars permanently."
Ms. Aron has said that she had a difficult relationship with her father. Her husband, Dr. Barry Aron, said relations were ruptured 20 years ago when Mr. Greenzweig and Ms. Aron's mother divorced.
Dr. Aron said that the two communicated occasionally through relatives over the years.
Ms. Aron said she had spoken to her father two or three months before his death, but that he only knew about her Senate campaign through her brother, Neil.