Trial in Killing of ‘NYT’ Reporter Opens With Widow’s Testimony

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By: Joe Strupp

Although Virginia Rosenbaum succumbed to cancer several months ago, the widow of murdered New York Times reporter David E. Rosenbaum is still playing a part in the trial of her husband’s alleged killer.

In testimony given prior to her June death, which was read in court on Wednesday, Ms. Rosenbaum described her reaction the night her husband died near their northwest Washington, D.C. home following an attack.

“I mean, he’s hurt, and he was taken to the hospital, aware and talking. I can handle that,” she had testified, according to The Washington Post, which reported that the testimony was read in court by an intern for the U.S. Attorney’s office. “But we’ll be all right.”

David Rosenbaum, 63, was attacked Jan. 6 just blocks from his home and died two days later from a head injury. Six months later, Virginia Rosenbaum, his wife of 40 years, died of cancer.

Several city investigations, sparked in part by numerous columns from Post Columnist Colbert I. King, found several response failures by the District of Columbia’s Fire and Emergency Medical Services, and by the emergency room staff at Howard University Hospital.

Eventually charged in the case were two cousins, Michael Hamlin, who pleaded guilty to murder and conspiracy charges, and Percy Jordan, 42, who is on trial. Hamlin, 24, is expected to testify as early as today against Jordan, the Post reported.

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