May 3, 2010

UPDATE: Police arrest 3 in Brian Betts murder

Maryland police announced today that they have arrested two men and one woman in connection with the killing of Brian Betts, a popular Washington, D.C., public school principal. Artura Otey Williams, 46, was taken into custody this morning and charged with two counts of credit card misuse described by police as being "in relation to the Betts homicide," The Washington Post reported. Surveillance video captured Williams using one of Betts' credit cards at a supermarket in Silver Spring, Md., less than two miles from his home, police said. Maryland police said Monday that three people have been arrested in connection with the murder of Washington, D.C., principal Brian Betts.

"This credit card was taken from the scene of the murder, and somebody was using it the day after a man was found dead," Montgomery County police spokesman Capt. Paul R. Starks told The Washington Post.

By afternoon, police said they had arrested and charged two men directly in connection with the murder. The names of the suspects have not been released, but they are said to be in their late teens to early 20s. One of the men is Williams' son, police said. Betts was found shot dead in his home in Silver Spring on April 15. There were no signs of forced entry, and Montgomery County Police Chief J. Thomas Manger has said he suspected from the start of the investigation that the crime was premeditated.

So far, police said, there is no indication that Betts knew any of the three people arrested. Betts was handpicked by D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee to run Shaw Middle School, where he was given free rein to shape the curriculum and to hire and fire teachers in order to improve the struggling school's performance.

"With him, potentially more than any other principal in this city, these children are going to be devastated because they have such an intense relationship with him," Rhee told The Washington Post shortly after Betts' death. "I never talked to Brian at any point where he didn't have kids with him." SOURCE: AOL News

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