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Suspect in 1998 slayings of homeless men arrested

By CARRIE WEIMAR
Published February 2, 2007


A member of a neo-Nazi group accused of killing two homeless men in Tampa was arrested by the FBI in Pennsylvania Wednesday night.

Charles Marovskis, 29, formerly of Tampa, has been charged with two counts of murder in aid of racketeering activities. He made an initial appearance in a Scranton federal courtroom Thursday afternoon.

If convicted, he could get a maximum sentence of death or life in prison.

According to an indictment, Marovskis was a member of the Tampa Blood and Honour, a hate group whose members believe that white people of Aryan descent are the superior race.

Members are required to show their dedication to the gang by beating up people judged to be of inferior races and classes, the indictment said.

On Sept. 13, 1998, Marovskis and others murdered two homeless men, Alfred Williams and Richard Arseneau, the indictment said.

This is not Marovskis' first brush with the law. According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, he was arrested in 1998 by Tampa police on charges of burglary, resisting an officer and property damage.

Times researcher John Martin contributed to this report. Carrie Weimar can be reached at 813 226-3416 or cweimar@sptimes.com.