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May 16, 1998
Ruthann Aron has fired her defense team less than a month after one of the attorneys urged her to plead guilty on charges she tried to arrange the deaths of her husband and a Baltimore lawyer.Attorneys Barry Helfand, Judith Catterton and Erik Bolog were Aron's attorneys when a deadlocked jury led to a mistrial in PTC March. Afterward, Helfand recommended that she plead guilty and seek the court's mercy rather than face a retrial scheduled for July 6.In their place, Aron has hired former Howard County prosecutor Teresa Whalen.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | February 9, 2012
A man accused of beating one of his roommates to death at the Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center last fall was found mentally competent Thursday to stand trial in Howard County Circuit Court. Vitali Davydov, 24, who is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 23-year-old David Rico-Noyola, appeared in court handcuffed, his hands covered with large padded white mittens. Bearded and wearing eyeglasses, Davydov spoke in slow, slightly slurred speech, telling Judge Lenore R. Gelfman that he waived his right to a speedy trial, and naming several medications he is now taking.
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By Jason Song and Jason Song,SUN STAFF | November 23, 2004
A University of Maryland student died early Sunday after possibly falling from a parking garage on the College Park campus, police said yesterday. Joseph Helfand, 28, was discovered near the Regents Drive Parking Garage about 2 a.m. Sunday, according to Maj. Cathy Atwell, a campus police spokeswoman. He had suffered head injuries and was pronounced dead at 2:48 a.m. at Prince George's Hospital Center, Atwell said. Helfand had been studying in a student lounge in the building late Saturday, and his car was found on the upper level of the four-story garage, Atwell said.
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By Jason Song and Jason Song,SUN STAFF | November 23, 2004
A University of Maryland student died early Sunday after possibly falling from a parking garage on the College Park campus, police said yesterday. Joseph Helfand, 28, was discovered near the Regents Drive Parking Garage about 2 a.m. Sunday, according to Maj. Cathy Atwell, a campus police spokeswoman. He had suffered head injuries and was pronounced dead at 2:48 a.m. at Prince George's Hospital Center, Atwell said. Helfand had been studying in a student lounge in the building late Saturday, and his car was found on the upper level of the four-story garage, Atwell said.
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By Gady A. Epstein and Gady A. Epstein,SUN STAFF | April 8, 1998
Ruthann Aron's defense attorney, discouraged by last month's murder-for-hire trial that fell one juror short of conviction, said for the first time yesterday that he will try to strike a plea bargain for the former U.S. Senate candidate rather than face a retrial.Attorney Barry Helfand said it was possible Aron would plead guilty if Montgomery County prosecutors refuse to deal, leaving Aron's fate in the hands of Circuit Judge Paul A. McGuckian."I'm trying to do what I can do to get rid of this case at this point," Helfand said from his Rockville law office.
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By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,SUN STAFF | March 27, 1998
After almost 20 hours of deliberations, the jury in Ruthann Aron's murder-for-hire trial remains deadlocked.The 10 women and two men received additional instructions from Montgomery County Circuit Judge Paul McGuckian yesterday before being told to report for duty today.McGuckian gently urged them to "step back and look at a problem differently, turn it inside out and take a different perspective."The jurors, who appeared tired and tense Wednesday, seemed more relaxed yesterday. They did not send notes to McGuckian and came out of their deliberation room only for a lunch break.
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By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,SUN STAFF | March 23, 1998
Ruthann Aron's encounter with the legal system might be far from over, despite the fact that a Rockville jury is likely to begin deliberations today in her murder-for-hire trial.Her lawyers have promised an appeal if the jury finds she was mentally competent when she hired a hit man to kill her husband and a lawyer.Aron, 55, is scheduled to stand trial two weeks from now in the same Montgomery County courthouse on attempted murder charges.Prosectors say that on April 24, about a month before she took out a contract on her husband, Aron tried to kill Dr. Barry Aron by poisoning his bowl of homemade chili.
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By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,SUN STAFF | February 27, 1998
Lawyers for Ruthann Aron acknowledged yesterday that she hired a hit man to kill her husband and another man, but blamed her actions on childhood sexual abuse, a cheating husband, and a humiliating loss to a political rival."
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By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,SUN STAFF | March 20, 1998
The defense rested yesterday in the murder-for-hire trial of Ruthann Aron, ending 15 days of riveting, often conflicting testimony.Jurors will have today off to ponder the words of 47 witnesses as lawyers prepare closing arguments that they hope will tip the verdict their way.But the words that probably everyone concerned is thinking about -- the ones that likely will be played again Monday and carry most weight -- are Aron's own, captured on tape.Twice...
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By Sheridan Lyons and Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF | April 11, 2003
Randall H. Gerlach was a schemer who beat to death a Taylorsville psychologist after the victim demanded a $312,000 payment last year, threatening to tumble Gerlach's financial house of cards, a Carroll County prosecutor told a jury yesterday in closing arguments. But defense attorney Barry H. Helfand emphasized that this supposed "con man" had receipts marked paid and signed by his alleged victim, Rodney R. Cocking. He argued that it made no sense to commit murder when - even had the checks bounced - the worst the doctor could have done was sue Gerlach for the money.
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By Sheridan Lyons and Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF | April 11, 2003
Randall H. Gerlach was a schemer who beat to death a Taylorsville psychologist after the victim demanded a $312,000 payment last year, threatening to tumble Gerlach's financial house of cards, a Carroll County prosecutor told a jury yesterday in closing arguments. But defense attorney Barry H. Helfand emphasized that this supposed "con man" had receipts marked paid and signed by his alleged victim, Rodney R. Cocking. He argued that it made no sense to commit murder when - even had the checks bounced - the worst the doctor could have done was sue Gerlach for the money.
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By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,SUN STAFF | November 23, 1998
She has no job prospects and faces disbarment. Her husband wants a divorce. Creditors are suing her for thousands of dollars.And today Ruthann Aron will learn whether she must spend more of her life behind bars.Aron's lawyers are urging her to testify in a Montgomery County courtroom for the first time since her arrest in June 1997 in an attempt to generate sympathy for a virtually unsympathetic character.The millionaire developer and former U.S. Senate candidate pleaded no contest during her trial in July to charges she hired a hit man in an attempt to kill her husband and another man. A four-week trial in March ended in a hung jury.
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May 16, 1998
Ruthann Aron has fired her defense team less than a month after one of the attorneys urged her to plead guilty on charges she tried to arrange the deaths of her husband and a Baltimore lawyer.Attorneys Barry Helfand, Judith Catterton and Erik Bolog were Aron's attorneys when a deadlocked jury led to a mistrial in PTC March. Afterward, Helfand recommended that she plead guilty and seek the court's mercy rather than face a retrial scheduled for July 6.In their place, Aron has hired former Howard County prosecutor Teresa Whalen.
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By Candus Thompson | April 19, 1998
She is known in Montgomery County as "the lone holdout," the juror who believed Ruthann Aron was sane and did not know she was committing a crime when she hired a hit man to kill her husband and another man.But Shawn D. Walker also has become a symbol for those who find the legal system just a little bit too public and believe she was the victim of a "public lynching" in newspapers and on the 6 o'clock news.In the hours after the declaration of a mistrial in the Aron case, the press reported all it knew about Walker: her age, her occupation, her hometown and, most importantly, how the 11 other jurors felt she had stymied their ability to reach a verdict.
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By Gady A. Epstein and Gady A. Epstein,SUN STAFF | April 8, 1998
Ruthann Aron's defense attorney, discouraged by last month's murder-for-hire trial that fell one juror short of conviction, said for the first time yesterday that he will try to strike a plea bargain for the former U.S. Senate candidate rather than face a retrial.Attorney Barry Helfand said it was possible Aron would plead guilty if Montgomery County prosecutors refuse to deal, leaving Aron's fate in the hands of Circuit Judge Paul A. McGuckian."I'm trying to do what I can do to get rid of this case at this point," Helfand said from his Rockville law office.
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By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,SUN STAFF | March 27, 1998
After almost 20 hours of deliberations, the jury in Ruthann Aron's murder-for-hire trial remains deadlocked.The 10 women and two men received additional instructions from Montgomery County Circuit Judge Paul McGuckian yesterday before being told to report for duty today.McGuckian gently urged them to "step back and look at a problem differently, turn it inside out and take a different perspective."The jurors, who appeared tired and tense Wednesday, seemed more relaxed yesterday. They did not send notes to McGuckian and came out of their deliberation room only for a lunch break.
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By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,SUN STAFF | February 21, 1998
The judge in Ruthann Aron's murder-for-hire trial has reversed a decision and will allow the jury to hear at the same time evidence about the alleged crime and whether she was sane.In December, Montgomery County Circuit Judge Paul A. McGuckian granted prosecutors' request for a two-phase trial that would first determine Aron's guilt or innocence on murder-solicitation charges, then, if she was found guilty, determine whether she was responsible for her actions.Aron's lawyers said it would be nearly impossible to defend their client if they had to hold back evidence about her mental condition before her arrest in June.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | February 9, 2012
A man accused of beating one of his roommates to death at the Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center last fall was found mentally competent Thursday to stand trial in Howard County Circuit Court. Vitali Davydov, 24, who is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 23-year-old David Rico-Noyola, appeared in court handcuffed, his hands covered with large padded white mittens. Bearded and wearing eyeglasses, Davydov spoke in slow, slightly slurred speech, telling Judge Lenore R. Gelfman that he waived his right to a speedy trial, and naming several medications he is now taking.
NEWS
By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,SUN STAFF | March 23, 1998
Ruthann Aron's encounter with the legal system might be far from over, despite the fact that a Rockville jury is likely to begin deliberations today in her murder-for-hire trial.Her lawyers have promised an appeal if the jury finds she was mentally competent when she hired a hit man to kill her husband and a lawyer.Aron, 55, is scheduled to stand trial two weeks from now in the same Montgomery County courthouse on attempted murder charges.Prosectors say that on April 24, about a month before she took out a contract on her husband, Aron tried to kill Dr. Barry Aron by poisoning his bowl of homemade chili.
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By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,SUN STAFF | March 20, 1998
The defense rested yesterday in the murder-for-hire trial of Ruthann Aron, ending 15 days of riveting, often conflicting testimony.Jurors will have today off to ponder the words of 47 witnesses as lawyers prepare closing arguments that they hope will tip the verdict their way.But the words that probably everyone concerned is thinking about -- the ones that likely will be played again Monday and carry most weight -- are Aron's own, captured on tape.Twice...
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