$1M bond for suspect in prof's death
An 18-year-old potential suspect in the slaying of an American University professor was ordered held on $1 million bond in Montgomery County Tuesday.
Deandrew Hamlin, who was extradited from the District to Montgomery Monday, continues to be investigated in connection with the Oct. 25 death of Sue Ann Marcum, prosecutors said during a hearing. "We think he is a critical person in this case," Montgomery State's Attorney John McCarthy said.
Hamlin's only known link to the case is that he was found driving Marcum's stolen Jeep Cherokee, according to police. Hamlin has given authorities several different explanations for how he came to be driving the SUV so soon after Marcum's death, McCarthy said.
Police have charged Hamlin with three counts: Unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, theft, and unauthorized removal of property.
A well-liked professor, Marcum taught accounting. She was found murdered inside her Montgomery County home two miles northwest of the District along Massachusetts Avenue. Police believe she was killed by a burglar and say she died of blunt force trauma and asphyxia.
Police in the District spotted Hamlin driving the Jeep about 13 hours after Marcum's body was found. They chased him, he crashed, ran on foot, and was arrested. Hamlin was held in the District until Monday.
Detectives have spoken to at least one person in the case who indicated Hamlin had committed burglaries in the Bethesda area, McCarthy said.
Alan Drew, a public defender representing Hamlin, argued Tuesday that Hamlin could be released based on his current, non-violent charges, and tracked with an ankle monitor.
"The state has not seen fit to charge Mr. Hamlin" in the slaying, Drew said.
But District Judge Brian Kim ordered Hamlin held on the $1 million bond after hearing McCarthy's argument of his possible ties to the murder case and McCarthy's assertion that Hamlin was a flight risk.
Drew, the defense attorney, told Kim that Hamlin's mother was in court, and Hamlin could stay with her. Twice she blurted out remarks suggesting his innocence.
"My child had nothing to do with that murder," she said after the hearing.
No one else has been charged in the investigation, authorities said.
| November 30, 2010; 4:46 PM ET
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