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Second suspect charged in murder of N.Y. Times reporter

January 14, 2006

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— A second suspect in the beating death of veteran New York Times reporter David E. Rosenbaum was arrested Friday night and charged with felony murder.

The suspect, Percy Jordan Jr., is a cousin of Michael Hamlin, who was arrested Thursday and charged with felony murder in Rosenbaum's death. Metropolitan Police Department Sgt. John Johnson would not comment on whether Hamlin gave his cousin's name to police or whether Jordan had confessed.

Jordan will be arraigned today, Johnson said.

Earlier Friday, Rosenbaum was remembered by journalists and lawmakers as a quiet hero of his profession.

Rosenbaum, 63, died Sunday, two days after he was beaten and robbed in his usually quiet Northwest Washington neighborhood.

Hamlin, 23, of Washington, turned himself in to police after seeing television broadcasts of a surveillance videotape that allegedly showed him using a credit card stolen from Rosenbaum. Hamlin later confessed to being one of two men who beat Rosenbaum with a metal pipe and robbed him, police said.

In his initial appearance Friday in District of Columbia Superior Court, Hamlin pleaded not guilty to first-degree felony murder and was ordered held without bond.

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