Sue Marcum murder investigation: SUV theft suspect held on $1M bond

The man accused of stealing a slain American University professor's SUV is being held on $1 million bond in Montgomery County after he was extradited from D.C.

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Eighteen-year-old Deandrew Rico Hamlin appeared at his detention hearing via closed circuit TV Tuesday. Hamlin has only been charged with unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, theft, and unauthorized removal of property. He has not been charged in the murder of Sue Ann Marcum.

Hamlin was arrested in D.C. on Oct. 26. after a D.C. police detective spotted him driving Marcum's missing Jeep, charging documents stated. Marcum had been found dead in her Bethesda home just hours earlier. A medical examiner determined she died of asphyxiation and blunt force trauma.

At the detention hearing Tuesday, Montgomery County State's Attorney John McCarthy said Hamlin had admitted to D.C. police that he been driving Marcum's vehicle and had her keys in his possession.

A woman who identified herself as Hamlin's mother, but declined to give her name, attended the hearing. When the prosecutor said Marcum had been murdered, she said, "He doesn't know nothing about that. He didn't kill her." "He was home with me," she added.

According to McCarthy, police interviewed an individual who claimed Hamlin had admitted to committing burglaries in Bethesda.

Investigators say they found signs of forced entry through the rear window of Marcum's home, charging documents stated. They believe her car keys were taken from inside her home.

McCarthy said Hamlin been arrested eight times in D.C. as a juvenile. He did not specify what charges were filed, nor how they were adjudicated.

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