Aron's innocence, sanity to be decided separately

December 03, 1997|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The jury in Ruthann Aron's murder solicitation trial will deal separately with the questions of her innocence and sanity, a Montgomery County circuit judge ruled yesterday.

Aron, a Potomac developer and unsuccessful candidate for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination, has pleaded not criminally responsible to charges she tried to hire a hit man to kill her husband and a Baltimore lawyer who testified against her in a civil trial.

Judge Paul A. McGuckian approved a request from prosecutors for a two-phase trial that will begin Dec. 15 despite the objections of Aron's lawyers, who said her mental state goes to the heart of her defense.

Pub Date: 12/03/97

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