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Norwalk woman charged with murder

Norwalk Reflector Staff • May 23, 2014 at 10:16 PM

A Norwalk woman has been arrested and charged with murder in connection with the dead of an elderly Sandusky man.

Bethany Sandy, 24, of Norwalk, was charged early today with complicity to aggravated murder, aggravated arson and aggravated robbery, Sandusky police Sgt. Dana Newell told the Sandusky Register.

Police plan to release more details during a press conference this afternoon.

First-responders to a house fire in Sandusky found a body in the basement Dec. 3 and both the death and the fire are being investigated as suspicious by state authorities.

The deceased was 86-year-old George Martin, who lived at the home at 2201 Campbell St., according to Sandusky Police Lt. Robert Vanscoy. He lived at the home with his wife, who arrived at the scene after the fire had started and told firefighters he might still be in there.

While investigating the fire, and upon closer examination, Martin was observed to have what appeared to be multiple stab wounds to his body, Sandusky officials said. Several agencies working together with the investigation.

Sandusky firefighters were called to the blaze just before 8:30 p.m.

On arrival, they found the two-story, wood-frame, single-family home engulfed in flames. With the help of Perkins Township Fire Department, the fire was knocked down by about 9 p.m.

By midnight, local authorities had turned the investigation over to the State Fire Marshal and the Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The Blade (MCT) contributed to this story.

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