- The Washington Times - Monday, October 23, 2006

The jury in the trial of a man accused of killing a New York Times journalist could begin deliberations as early as today.

Prosecution and defense teams in the murder trial of Percey Jordan Jr. rested their cases Friday in a D.C. Superior Court.

Mr. Jordan, 42, is on trial for the killing of editor-reporter David E. Rosenbaum, who was severely beaten Jan. 6 as he walked in the 3800 block of Gramercy Street near his home in a usually peaceful Northwest community.

Closing arguments by Assistant U.S. Attorney Amanda Haines and defense attorney Michael Starr are expected to focus on the recorded testimony of Mr. Rosenbaum’s wife, Virginia, who died of colon cancer six months after testifying to a grand jury.

The testimony, read to the murder trial jury by an intern in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, described Mrs. Rosenbaum’s panic and frustration when her husband did not return from a nighttime walk to get rid of hiccups. Mr. Rosenbaum was alive when found at 9:30 p.m. and transported to Howard University Hospital where he died Jan. 8.

An investigation into the incident found that first responders with the D.C. fire department were slow to arrive, didn’t recognize Mr. Rosenbaum’s injuries and, as a result of the misreading, took him to a hospital on the other side of town.

Mr. Rosenbaum died of “blunt impact” to his head, Dr. Lois Goslinoski, the District’s deputy medical examiner, testified Friday.

The trial last week included testimony from Mr. Jordan’s cousin, Michael C. Hamlin, who said Mr. Jordan planned the robbery and hit Mr. Rosenbaum on the head with a hard plastic pipe. Hamlin has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and robbery in the case.

Other testimony in the trial last week came from John Snowden, who said he has known Mr. Jordan for about 30 years. Snowden said Mr. Jordan talked about the murder-robbery as they walked together Jan. 11 in Southeast.

“One time he mumbled and said they got a cracker,” Snowden said. “He said they ‘caught a cracker sleeping.’”

Defense attorney Mr. Starr suggested that Snowden talked to police and testified to get a $25,000 reward.

He said that Snowden previously has been charged with prison break, breaking and entering and drug charges and that he is on parole until 2008. Mr. Starr also suggested that police led Hamlin to implicate his cousin.

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