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Norwalk woman arraigned in murder of 86-year-old Sandusky man

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Sandusky Police have made an arrest in the murder of an 86-year-old man.

The suspect, a 24-year-old woman from Norwalk, cried in court during her arraignment Friday morning.

Police say Bethany Sandy was one of the people involved in killing 86-year-old George Martin and then setting his house on fire to cover up the crime in December.

Martin was found in his basement in the 2200 block of Campbell stabbed to death.

Sandy is charged with complicity to commit aggravated robbery, aggravated murder, and aggravated arson.

She is being held at the Erie County jail on more than $1 million bond and is due back in court next Friday.

"Ms. Sandy and her accomplice went to the residence to try to steal money or items that could be sold to support their drug habit," says Chief John Orzech, Sandusky Police Department.

Erie County Prosecutor Kevin Baxter says it's up to a grand jury to decide if Sandy could face the death penalty if convicted.

"You don't actually have to convict the principal offender in order to convict someone who is an accomplice," says Baxter. "Complicity really carries that same weight and degree and ultimately punishment as a principal offender."

Police say there is a second, unnamed and -- so far-- uncharged suspect in the case. He is not believed to be a threat to the community because he is locked up in an Ohio prison.

"I have been apprised that the uncharged suspect has been interviewed already and no charges against that person have yet been made or authorized," says Baxter.

 
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