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Suspect in Reporter's Slaying Takes Plea Deal

September 21, 2006|From Times Wire Reports

A suspect in the slaying of retired New York Times journalist David E. Rosenbaum pleaded guilty to murder and robbery and agreed to testify against a relative also charged in the attack.

Michael C. Hamlin, 24, told a judge that he and an accomplice attacked Rosenbaum, 63, with a metal pipe and stole his wallet on Jan. 6 as the reporter walked near his home.

Hamlin pleaded guilty to conspiracy, conspiracy to commit robbery and second-degree murder. Sentencing was scheduled for Dec. 19. As part of the agreement, Hamlin said he would testify against his cousin Percey Jordan Jr., who is accused of being the accomplice.

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