Murder suspect pleads not guilty in arraignment
3/26/2013 (Updated 3/27/2013 12:46:30 AM)(Source: Jeremy Donovan)
TOWN OF BINGHAMTON -- The manhunt is over. Five days after Christina Rumpel-Powell, 35 and Mario Masciarelli, 24 were found dead at a home at 4185 Lisi Lane in the Town of Binghamton, Christina's estranged husband, Aaron Powell, 39, is now in custody and charged with two counts of second degree murder.
Broome County sheriff's received a tip Tuesday morning around 9:00 and were also able to trace a phone call placed by Powell to a member of his family. After countless hours of work by more than 20 officers, their person of interest is in custody.
As Powell was being brought into Town of Binghamton Court, bystanders asked: "why did you do it? Why did you run?"
Those are just some of the questions that have been on the minds of the friends and families of Rumpel-Powell and Masciarelli over the last several days. After Tuesday, they are one step closer to having some of those questions answered.
Tuesday morning, Broome County sheriffs responded to a tip from the Montrose, PA area and traced a phone call placed by Powell.
"Various law enforcers responded, and they took Mr. Powell into custody," said Broome County Sheriff David Harder.
Since the murder of Rumpel-Powell and Masciarelli early Friday morning in the Town of Binghamton, Broome County sheriffs executed six search warrants and followed 176 leads regarding Powell's wherabouts. These tips have come from as far away as Albany, but the majority of them were from the same area.
"Based upon the investigation, we believe that in the last several days, Mr. Aaron Powell has been in and around Springville, PA and the Montrose, PA area," Harder said.
Powell was apprehended walking out of a convenience store. The 2007 black GMC Yukon Denali he was driving was found in a remote wooded area and processed as evidence.
Harder is asking anyone who had seen Powell or the Yukon Denali to contact the Broome County Sheriff's Office at (607) 778-1911 to help piece together his whereabouts in the days leading to the arrest. At 6:00 Tuesday evening, Powell was accompanied by his attorney, Ben Bergman, where he was arraigned in Town of Binghamton Court where he pled not guilty and was remanded to Broome County jail without bail to await further trial. Powell is being charged with two counts of Second Degree Murder.
On behalf of the Sheriff's Office, Harder expressed his condolences to the Rumpel and Masciarelli families for their loss and thanked them for their patience with the still on-going investigation.
"We don't necessarily have a motive for sure, we have a theory, I won't express what that is," Harder says. "The reason I can't say what the motive is for sure is because once he's been taken into custody he has a right to an attorney, and the attorney advised him not to talk to us."
At this time, Broome County sheriffs are not looking for any other suspects or accomplices and do not believe anyone has been harboring Powell since Friday.
Harder also said that when the arrest was made, Powell went without a struggle.
Date for the trial has not yet been set.
The Broome County Sheriff's Office made the arrest with assistance by the Broome County District Attorney's Office, Binghamton Police Department, New York State Police, Vestal Police Department, Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania State Parole, Susquehanna County Probation Department, Susquehanna County Sheriff's Office, Susquehanna County District Attorney's Office.
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