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Suspect in financier's slaying indicted

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NEW YORK (CNN) -- An electrician long suspected in the slaying of a multimillionaire New York financier two and a half years ago has been indicted in that case and ordered to surrender to prosecutors.

Daniel Pelosi has been ordered to appear for arraignment Tuesday morning.

Pelosi's attorneys were notified of the indictment, which remains under seal, in a letter Monday from Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota.

"The indictment was issued by the special grand jury investigating the murder of Theodore Ammon," said Spota's spokesman, Bob Clifford.

Earlier, Ed Burke Jr., one of Pelosi's attorneys, said of the indictment, "Exactly what it is or what it consists of, we don't know."

But defense attorneys had little doubt the indictment implicated Pelosi in Ammon's killing.

"That's what's we believe it to be," said Paul Bergman, another Pelosi attorney. "I believe this is the indictment we had believed had come down last week."

Last Thursday, Pelosi voluntarily showed up at the courthouse to demonstrate he was ready to answer any charges. Judge Robert Doyle, who is presiding over the grand jury, sent him home since no charges had yet been filed.

Clifford said the grand jury, empaneled in June 2003, can sit until August, and that its work is not complete.

Ted Ammon was killed in October 2001 inside his mansion in the upscale Long Island beach town of East Hampton.

Ammon was found naked and bloodied in his East Hampton bed, but Suffolk County Police said there were no signs of forced entry and nothing was stolen.

A cloud of suspicion has hovered over Pelosi because of his romance at the time with the victim's estranged wife, Generosa, who went on to inherit half of Ammon's fortune of at least $50 million.

Though close to finalizing their divorce in the fall of 2001, Ammon never changed his will. Generosa Ammon married Pelosi three months later.

"It looks bad -- the regular guy out of Long Island hooks up with a rich woman who's getting a divorce, and the guy dies," Pelosi told CNN's Paula Zahn in an interview last November.

"For the record, I did not murder Ted Ammon, nor did I have any involvement in what happened to Ted Ammon," Pelosi said.

Victim a key player on Wall Street

Generosa Ammon was later afflicted with ovarian cancer and died in July 2003. She left Pelosi $2 million and the rest of her money -- more than $30 million -- to the twins from Ukraine she adopted with Ammon. Pelosi is contesting her will.

Pelosi has been in and out of court during the past two years for drunken driving and was jailed for four months for his most recent offense. He also faces charges of illegal billing for electrical work.

Ammon made his millions in investment banking. He was a key player in one of Wall Street's biggest deals in the 1980s -- the leveraged buyout of RJR-Nabisco -- and started his own venture capital firm in the 1990s.

Generosa Rand, an artist and real estate broker, became Ammon's second wife in 1986. Seven years later the couple adopted a boy and a girl from Ukraine. The children are now in temporary custody of their nanny. Ammon's sister in Alabama is seeking custody of the children.

Ammon was a philanthropist, donating millions to Bucknell University and working to save Manhattan landmarks.

Besides the house in East Hampton, Ammon owned an apartment on Fifth Avenue and an estate in England, where Generosa Ammon and Pelosi lived immediately after Ammon's death.

CNN's Jonathan Wald contributed to this story


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