Jury of 9 women and 3 men seated in Montgomery Co. retrial of Aron

July 08, 1998|By Marcia Myers | Marcia Myers,SUN STAFF

A Montgomery County Circuit judge last night seated a jury of nine women and three men to hear the retrial of Ruthann Aron on murder-for-hire charges.

Opening statements are set for 1 p.m. today at the county judicial center in Rockville.

Aron, 55, a prominent developer and former candidate for the U.S. Senate, is charged with hiring a hit man to kill her husband, Dr. Barry Aron, and lawyer Arthur G. Kahn, who had testified against her in a civil suit.

Judge Vincent E. Ferretti Jr. has set aside this morning to hear defense arguments seeking to suppress a string of evidence against Aron, including guns and ammunition; evidence pertaining to Paladin Press, publisher of information about manufacturing false identification and silencers; and the testimony of several witnesses, including Paul Kiernan, a lawyer who spoke with Aron the week before her arrest.

Kiernan is expected to testify that Aron described to him how angry she remained about Kahn's testimony even 12 years afterward. Prosecutors believe Kiernan's testimony is important in establishing a motive for murder.

Prosecutors have opposed attempts to suppress the evidence, describing it as relevant and essential.

Aron has pleaded not criminally responsible -- Maryland's equivalent of an insanity defense. Her first trial ended March 30 in a hung jury when a single juror believed Aron's mental problems prevented her from understanding what she was doing when she hired the undercover police officer posing as a hit man.

Pub Date: 7/08/98

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