DAILYKENN.com -- A fourth suspect has been arrested in connection with a double homicide in Delaware.
Joseph and Olga Connell were newlyweds when the couple were brutally murdered in 2013. The crime occurred near Wilmington and was apparently a murder-for-hire.
Arrested last week is Aaron Thompson.
Authorities have long said there was a second hit man hired to kill Joseph Connell and his new bride, Olga, but it wasn’t until Friday afternoon that authorities arrested Aaron Thompson and formally accused him of the crime.
Connell and his wife were killed by several bullets during an ambush outside their condo at about 1:30 a.m. on Sept. 30, 2013. Authorities worked quickly to determine who would want the newlyweds dead.
They interviewed Connell's business partner, Rivers, who told police that Connell had been slacking off at work and living a lavish lifestyle by buying a high-end Mercedez-Benz and eating at expensive restaurants in Philadelphia, according to court records.
The business had several liens against it, and Rivers wanted to dissolve the partnership, an affidavit of probable cause for Thompson said.
Police then searched Rivers' cellphone records and determined that on the night of the slayings he had called the phone of 31-year-old Joshua C. Bey seven times in a 10-minute period, the affidavit said.
Authorities have alleged that Rivers used Bey as a middleman to hire two “professional” hit men for $60,000 to kill Connell and his wife. They claim the motive for the killings was that Rivers wanted Connell killed so that Rivers could collect on a $1 million life insurance policy that would have paid the mortgage on their C&S Automotive property on Concord Pike in Talleyville.
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