Informant set to testify in Aron trial

March 02, 1998|By Candus Thomson | Candus Thomson,SUN STAFF

Ruthann Aron's murder-for-hire trial was to resume today with the testimony of the man prosecutors say introduced her to an undercover police officer posing as a hit man.

The Montgomery County Circuit Court jury of 10 women and two men heard one day of testimony Thursday, then were sent home Friday after two jurors and a defense attorney complained of illness.

Aron, 55, is being tried on two counts of solicitation to commit murder. The former Potomac businesswoman and unsuccessful U.S. Senate candidate has pleaded not criminally responsible to charges that she hired a hit man last summer to kill her husband, Dr. Barry Aron, and Baltimore lawyer Arthur Kahn, who testified against her in a defamation trial.

William Mossburg Jr., a former Rockville trash hauler, has told prosecutors Aron paged him June 1, and they met at a restaurant.

There, while he sipped a soda and she drank a scotch and water, Aron is alleged to have told Mossburg of her desire to "eliminate" two lawyers who had testified against her in an unsuccessful defamation lawsuit.

He first contacted the FBI, then county officials, who recorded several phone calls between Mossburg and Aron.

Then, police asked Mossburg to give Aron an undercover officer's phone number.

Prosecutors say Aron arranged with the phony hit man to have Dr. Aron and Kahn killed for $10,000 each plus expenses.

Aron was arrested June 9 after leaving what police said was the $500 down-payment on the contract at the front desk of a Gaithersburg hotel.

Pub Date: 3/02/98

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