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Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 01/ 6/2011

Arrest in Montgomery hospital slaying

By Dan Morse and Keith L. Alexander

Montgomery County police have arrested a 49-year-old Lanham man and charged him with first-degree murder in connection with the New Year's Day slaying of his boss at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, officials said.

The suspect, Keith D. Little, was identified during a Thursday press conference. He stabbed the victim, Roosevelt Brockington Jr., at least 70 times in a boiler room, according to court documents.


Little. (Montgomery Police)

Brockington, 40, was a maintenance engineer at the hospital. According to court documents, he began his shift around 5:15 a.m., replacing Little.

Around 9:45 a.m, according to court documents, Brockington called a friend on the telephone. The friend overheard a male demanding money from him; the friend then heard Brockington ask the male not to hurt him, following by several screams. The friend called Brockington's parents, and hospital security and police were contacted.

The number of stabbings suggest that the killer's motivation was anger or retaliation, according to court documents, rather than robbery. An investigation found that Brockington had recently offered a performance appraisal of Little that denied Little a raise, the documents said.

In 2006, according to court documents, Little was charged with three counts, including second-degree murder while armed, in the 2003 shooting death of Gordon Rollins in the District. Little entered a plea of not guilty. On June 26, 2006, after a four-day trial, a D.C. Superior Court jury found Little not guilty.

This item has been updated since it was first published.

By Dan Morse and Keith L. Alexander  | January 6, 2011; 12:07 PM ET
Categories:  Dan Morse, Homicide, Keith L. Alexander, Montgomery, Updates  
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Comments

My Senior parent had a bad verbal experience with a female staff member.

Posted by: FutureJumps | January 6, 2011 9:34 AM | Report abuse

You have to be a VERY SPECIAL person to take care of senior citizens who are not part of your family. Unlimited reservoir of patience & energy. High tolerance for stress.

I don't have it. You couldn't pay me enough.

Posted by: TaxiDriver | January 6, 2011 11:00 AM | Report abuse

there are cameras all over hospitals. i knew this one would be solved.

Posted by: simplewords999 | January 6, 2011 11:01 AM | Report abuse

I'm curious ... what do the senior citizen comments have to do with this article? Did I miss something?

Posted by: gitouttahere | January 6, 2011 11:04 AM | Report abuse

I agree -- the senior thread seems unrelated to the article.

With respect to the arrest -- the suspect appears to have no criminal record --at least not in Maryland -- other than this crime. That's peculiar. Normally, people do not start committing crimes at 49 and certainly do not start with first-degree murder. This could have been a crime of passion as well. AT least one former FBI profiler stated as much in an article.

Posted by: darrren12000 | January 6, 2011 11:30 AM | Report abuse

The victom was a relative of mine and as I said before it was someone who worked at the hospital. I assure you the dude was trying to rob him. Pinochle had lots of money and a beautiful home. He was not a drug dealer and had no baby mama drama. We are still trying to find out what the deal was. Pinochle never carried money on him and this guy man not have known this. We are praying for answers. The homegoing service is this Saturday.

Posted by: msdooby1 | January 6, 2011 11:42 AM | Report abuse

70 stab wounds is the definition of overkill. Clearly this guy was furious and it wasn't about the money (not primarily, anyway). Prayers to the victim's family and the poor person who was on the phone with Mr. Brockington at the time of his death.

Posted by: HappyArmyWife | January 6, 2011 1:11 PM | Report abuse

He's definitely not getting that raise now.

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | January 6, 2011 1:23 PM | Report abuse

No criminal record? Looks like a suspect record to me!

"In 2006, according to court documents, Little was charged with three counts, including second-degree murder while armed, in the 2003 shooting death of Gordon Rollins in the District. Little entered a plea of not guilty. On June 26, 2006, after a four-day trial, a D.C. Superior Court jury found Little not guilty."

Posted by: superseiyan | January 6, 2011 1:27 PM | Report abuse

No criminal record? Looks like a suspect record to me!

"In 2006, according to court documents, Little was charged with three counts, including second-degree murder while armed, in the 2003 shooting death of Gordon Rollins in the District. Little entered a plea of not guilty. On June 26, 2006, after a four-day trial, a D.C. Superior Court jury found Little not guilty."

Posted by: superseiyan | January 6, 2011 1:32 PM | Report abuse

He's definitely not getting that raise now.

Posted by: waterfrontproperty |

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As sad as this article is, I must admit that was a funny comment. Don't get me wrong, you're still a deebag for all the other crap you say one here, but at least THAT one was funny!

Posted by: TheChampishere | January 6, 2011 1:43 PM | Report abuse

He's definitely not getting that raise now.

Posted by: waterfrontproperty |

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As sad as this article is, I must admit that was a funny comment. Don't get me wrong, you're still a deebag for all the other crap you say one here, but at least THAT one was funny!

Posted by: TheChampishere | January 6, 2011 1:44 PM | Report abuse

This is how bright he is. In order to get into the boiler room you have to swipe your id card. .....Wait for it.

Posted by: msdooby1 | January 6, 2011 2:19 PM | Report abuse

This article was updated after my post. It did not include his criminal background. Furthermore, I said he had no criminal back -- "at least not in Maryland." The 2003 charge was in DC.

Also, the article was updated to include that Brockington was stabbed 70 times! I agree with the other person who said this is overkill. This was a personal vendetta -- probably having to do with the performance evaluation. This is awful!

Posted by: darrren12000 | January 6, 2011 2:27 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe a hospital would hire a convicted murderer. Wow.

Posted by: ukcatfan | January 6, 2011 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Ukcatfan: He was NOT a convicted murderer. He was acquitted of the charge.

Posted by: darrren12000 | January 6, 2011 3:48 PM | Report abuse

to waterfront propterty: very witty comment, too funny, but it's the truth!...now for the no degree'ers, and I need a second chance - will sorry - he just blew it for ya...hopefully, fast food joints will hire you -- Good Luck-:)

Posted by: 0126 | January 6, 2011 3:51 PM | Report abuse

to waterfront propterty: very witty comment, too funny, but it's the truth!...now for the no degree'ers, and I need a second chance - will sorry - he just blew it for ya...hopefully, fast food joints will hire you -- Good Luck-:)

Posted by: 0126 | January 6, 2011 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Ok, I see that now. Regardless, looks like he had some sketchiness in his past that should have shown up somewhere in a background check of people hired at a hospital.

Posted by: ukcatfan | January 6, 2011 4:36 PM | Report abuse

I'm curious ... what do the senior citizen comments have to do with this article? Did I miss something?

Posted by: gitouttahere | January 6, 2011 11:04 AM
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I'm wondering the samething?

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | January 6, 2011 5:01 PM | Report abuse

What a coward! How in the heck do people who are even accused of crimes get jobs? Somebody needs to answer. This fool looks like an angry, stupid jailbird! Mont. County will give him a one way ticket. No getting out of this one! DC needs to get their act together and present stronger cases so lunatics such as this guy are not free to kill again!!!

Posted by: lilahkelly | January 6, 2011 5:18 PM | Report abuse

This dude used to go to all the gym's in the area and steal wallets and credit cards. Not much of a loss to society in my opinion.

Posted by: cr10 | January 6, 2011 5:57 PM | Report abuse

This guy was already arrested for murder once? Cmon...this is crazy. Until we start castrating these criminals so they cant breed after their first crime this problem will never go away. Our justice system sucks and the constitution MUST be changed. I would be pretty pissed if I were the victims family finding out that this guy has killed before. I dontcare if he got off...99.9% of people arrested for murder did it. Many get off and are let back into society. Sad sad sad...

Posted by: inthemiddle2 | January 6, 2011 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Washington, DC: a nice, innocent man is dead because you guys love murderers. And you think you should be a STATE? Disgrace.

Prayers for the victim and his family. Most of us weep with you. Ignore the other clowns.

Posted by: johnhopkinson2004 | January 6, 2011 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Ukcatfan: He was NOT a convicted murderer. He was acquitted of the charge.

Posted by: darrren12000 | January 6, 2011 3:48 PM | Report abuse
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I'll go out on a limb and say that he probably shouldn't have been acquitted of the earlier crime. 70 stab wounds sounds like the action of a seriously disturbed, angry sociopath. You'd think that after, I don't know, maybe a dozen or so stabs the job would've been considered done.

Posted by: randysbailin | January 6, 2011 8:36 PM | Report abuse

johnhopkinson2004, this murder didn't happen in Washington, DC. The murder occurred in Montgomery County, MARYLAND. What does DC statehood have to do with this horrific crime? Please go back on your meds.

Posted by: RockCreekPark | January 6, 2011 8:48 PM | Report abuse

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