UPDATED WITH VIDEO: Arrest made in Martin murder, arson

Sandusky police arrested a suspect this morning in the Dec. 3 murder of 86-year-old Campbell Street man George Martin.
Courtney Astolfi
May 23, 2014
Bethany Sandy, 24, of Norwalk, was charged early Friday with complicity to aggravated murder, aggravated arson and aggravated robbery, Sandusky police Sgt. Dana Newell told the Register Friday at about 1:30 a.m.  
Sandy was arrested at her Norwalk home late Thursday night and brought to the Sandusky police station for an interview, Sandusky police Chief John Orzech said.
Following that interview—at about 1:30 a.m.—Sandy was charged with the alleged crimes. 
Newell declined to comment on any information gathered about a possible accomplice.
Sandusky police Chief John Orzech said more details will be forthcoming at a 1 p.m. Friday press conference at city hall on Meigs Street.

Watch the press conference in the player below

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That is great news, I was starting to think this one would go unsolved.


Wonderful news! I am so glad they finally arrested someone in this case. It will be interesting to hear the full story and reason behind it all.

Coram Deo

Thank God.


Probably a botched robbery to support her heroin addiction.


Never had a doubt that SPD would make an arrest in this case. Some things take longer and require more investigation. That's why there is no statue of limitations for murder. Good job SPD.


I can't wait to hear the details on this!


Kudos to the SPD! Hopefully the family will find the closure they need.


Just remember this just a arrest . Its going to be a long road too an conviction ..


WONDERFUL!! Great job SPD!! Now maybe Mr. Martin can Rest In Peace............


Looking back at the past articles the person called the legend called it out about them being from Norwalk.


Did he also predict that they'd be related to the deceased?


Look for youtself. Can you read?


Yes, I can read. That doesn't mean I am going to go back months to look up a comment. I merely asked a question. You don't have to be so snarky. Can you spell/type? Nope.

Bottom Line

Don't worry. We all know santown is a loser.


Why bottom feeder mad because another of your druggie relatives in the news. I see a lot of your relatives in the Norwalk paper. The loser gave birth to your racist. Madd because someone your color and your hometown killed a elderly kind person the only reason any of you have a problem with this. Can't bring the race be into it. Bottom feeder that is your brain on drugs you racist loser.

Bottom Line

Seriously, you need professional help. What kind of sick, deranged individual could even write a "paragraph" like that? There are programs out there designed to help people with problems just like you. If you don't get help at Charter, please get help somewhere.

I'm assuming you're around 12-13 years old with the way you construct your sentences. Please have the courtesy to spend a couple extra seconds to go back and check your writing to ensure it's forming complete, plausible thoughts.

Einfach genug III

Wonder if his grammar is a product of the local school system?


Santown419 is right. I bet it is just killing the usual suspects on here because they can't go all racist with their comments. Relax people, I'm sure you'll get the chance to spew your hate on another article.

How's that for grammar!?

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Unlike racists such as deertracker and santown I hate murderers and all felons equally regardless of skin color. I hope this girl gets put down if she had anything to do with this. Just like I would say the same if it was a black or Hispanic. Makes no difference to me.


I don't think she did the actual stabbing, but she sang like a canary and they now know who did. Very sick and brutal. I won't give you his name but he is in prison on a different charge.


Bottom Line I don't think I have said anything racist. Some just don't like to be called out on their racist comments. There were a few predictions when this all went down. I would also like to point out that if I was a racist it would be my right as is yours.


Great job SPD!!!


So happy to hear they've got someone arrested on this!! I bet his wife is too!! I'm wondering about the charge though - complicity? I wonder if that means that there was someone else involved and she's given up their name and there's more coming. At least that's my take on it. Just so glad that there's been some action on it. I wasn't worried that it was going to go unsolved, but like someone else said, some times it takes longer and they wanted to make sure that they had the right person so that there was no way they could get out of the charges!! Way to go SPD!!!!


Complicity: the act of helping to commit a crime or do wrong in some way.

More to come but at least it gives the police leverage to lean hard on the girl to give up the others.


Excellent work by the Sandusky Police Department. To bad Norwalk don't have a police force like this. Now we need to keep their heroin junkies out of Sandusky.


First of all, Norwalk has a great police force! They arrest the junkies! The court system is trying to rehabilitated the drug addicts! You have issues with that, do something instead of complaining on a newspaper website! My biggest pet peeve is when ppl complain yet are unwilling to act!


Did you watch and listen to the video? The Norwalk police called the Sandusky police and told them about the girl. The SPD didn't find her, they went to Norwalk and picked her up when told about her by the NPD.


Was this just a random act, or is there a family connection or something? It's just strange to think that someone from Norwalk would come to Sandusky, and just happen to know where an elderly man lived, so they could rob, murder, and set his house on fire. Gotta be more info. I'm betting this boils down to drugs. It's unbelievable how drugs have taken over the lives of so many! Guess we'll soon find out more details.


One can only hope that a lot of questions will be answered this afternoon at thd press confrenece


You can bet there will be additional arrests made in this one! Great job SPD.