January 13, 2006

Man arraigned in slaying of Washington journalist

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A 23-year-old maintenance worker was
arraigned on a felony murder charge on Friday in the robbery
and beating death of a retired New York Times reporter and
police were questioning a second suspect in the case.

David Rosenbaum, 63, a longtime journalist in the Times
Washington bureau, died last Sunday, less than two days after
he was struck in the head and robbed while on a Friday evening
walk near his home in northwest Washington.

Michael Hamlin, of southeast Washington, was arraigned on
one count of premeditated felony murder on Friday in District
of Columbia Superior Court and was held without bail pending a
preliminary hearing.

According to court documents released on Friday, Hamlin
turned up at a police station shortly after police released to
local media video images which they said showed the suspect
attempting to use Rosenbaum's stolen credit cards at a local
drug store.

Hamlin demanded to know why his photographs were bring
broadcast on local television stations, according to the
documents. During police questioning, he admitted to taking
Rosenbaum's wallet, but told police another individual struck
Rosenbaum with a black metal pipe, the documents said.

"We have been talking to somebody else, but they haven't
been charged yet," said Officer Quentin Peterson, a District of
Columbia police spokesman.

Several hundred people attended a memorial service for
Rosenbaum on Friday at the Dirksen Senate Office Building, home
to many Senate hearings that he covered during his New York
Times career. He had retired from the newspaper just last

Rosenbaum joined the Times in 1968 and spent all but three
years of his career with the newspaper in Washington, where he
covered Congress, government policy and economics, including
the Watergate saga of the 1970s and the Iran-contra scandal of
the 1980s. He is survived by his wife, Virginia, a daughter, a
son, a brother and two grandchildren.