Saturday, March 05, 2005
In January, we posted a piece on the murder of an entire NJ family by what appeared to us to be the work of Islamo-facists. We apparently jumped the gun.
MrPower2 has brought to our attention the fact that New Jersey police have arrested two men for the deed, Edward McDonald, aged 25, and Hamilton Sanchez, aged 30.
One of the men lived upstairs above the Egyptian Christian family. Authorities said the motive was robbery and not religious fanaticism.
The two men, already on parole for drug offenses, pleaded not guilty to four counts of murder in the Jan. 11 killing of the Armanious family.
We regret the error.
"I'd like to make one thing perfectly clear: The motive for these murders was robbery. This was a crime based on greed, the desperate need of money," Hudson County Prosecutor Edward DeFazio said.
DeFazio said officials believe a planned robbery spiraled out of control when the 8-year-old loosened her bonds and recognized McDonald. He is accused of killing her to avoid identification, and Sanchez is accused of killing the three others, DeFazio said.
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