Tony Pavone, 52, was brought to the State Police barracks in Plattsburgh Friday for the shooting deaths of Timothy Carter and Patricia Howard.
"Tony did you kill them? Do you have comments for the family?" WCAX Reporter Matt Henson asked, as Pavone was led into the police barracks. Pavone didn't answer and started to cry.
Police received a big break in the case when a sheriff's deputy spotted Pavone's truck parked outside a motel in Kirkwood, N.Y.-- about 300 miles away.
"There was no specific lead to the Binghamton area, this was diligent work of a police officer in New York State, during routine patrol," N.Y. State Police Capt. Robert LaFountain said. "He had received the briefings, the alerts that went out nationwide, and it was the outstanding police work and initiative of this deputy."
Pavone held police at bay for more than four hours before he surrendered without incident.
"At no time, at least from my preliminary briefing, were any police officer threatened, but however, there were threats of suicide," LaFountain said.
Pavone is charged with two counts of second-degree murder. Police believe he shot Howard and Carter to death early Sunday morning at Carter's home on Route 374 in Dannemora. Howard had just ended a relationship with Pavone and had gone out on a second date with Carter the night before to celebrate her 43rd birthday.
Patricia Howard's daughter, Sarah, learned of Pavone's arrest a few hours before her mother's funeral Friday.
"It was an amazing feeling to know that my mom would finally have justice, and we could finally put her to rest," Sarah Howard said. "My mom was funny, she loved to have fun. Me and my mom loved to go to the casinos together, we loved to just hang out and talk, like I could tell her anything, she could tell me anything, we were just like best friends."
The 20-year-old saw her mom for the last time Saturday night when the family went out for dessert at a local restaurant to celebrate Patricia Howard's birthday. Sarah remembers her final words to her mother and says no punishment will be justice in this case.
"'Goodbye, I love you and will see you later,'" Sarah Howard recalled "It will never be justice for me, I will never have my mom back, she will never be there in my wedding day or my sister's prom, or my sister's wedding, there will never be justice."
At his arraignment, Pavone apologized to the victim's families and said he wanted to plead guilty to both counts of second-degree murder. But the judge could not accept the plea for legal reasons. He ordered Pavone held without bail.
WCAX called the motel where Pavone was arrested and learned he checked in on Tuesday under the name James Trombley. It is still unclear where hid Sunday and Monday.
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