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Sue Marcum found dead; American University professor's body discovered in Bethesda home

October 27, 2010 - 04:17 PM
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UPDATE 6:53 p.m., Oct. 27: Investigators say they have identified a potential suspect in the slaying of an American University professor whose body was found Monday morning in her Bethesda home, but the man's brother says he had nothing to do with it.

Police sources say investigators believe 52-year-old Sue Marcum was killed during a burglary gone wrong. There were signs of forced entry and a struggle at the scene, police said, and some items and her vehicle were missing.

D.C. police spotted Marcum's missing SUV about 12 hours later, with 18-year-old Deandrew Hamlin behind the wheel, according to charging documents.

Hamlin attempted to elude a traffic stop, leading officers on a 10-minute high-speed chase across the city, police said.

Montgomery County police searched Hamlin's Northwest Washington apartment Tuesday night and have reason to believe he knows something about the killing, according Capt. Paul Starks, a police spokesperson.

"He was apprehended in her vehicle," Capt. Starks said. "We believe that he has some information relating to that crime."

But a man identifying himself as Hamlin's older brother denies the teenager was involved in Marcum's murder.

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"I know he ain't do it," said Deandre Hamlin in an interview with ABC 7's Brad Bell. "Only thing I'm going to say is that I know he ain't do it."

Hamlin says he has no idea how his brother ended up behind the wheel of a murder victim's SUV.

"You know, the car probably was hers but any young kid out here stealing cars don't know who the car belongs to, you see what I'm saying?" Hamlin said. "He was with with me all day that day, so 9 out of 10 he probably found it somewhere."

Deandrew Hamlin was charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle in D.C. He has not been charged in connection with Marcum's death.

Hamlin was being held on $10,250 bond in D.C., pending two hearings, including an extradition hearing, scheduled for Nov.

The medical examiner has officially ruled Marcum's death a homicide, determining she died from asphyxiation and blunt force trauma.

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UPDATE 4:17 p.m., Oct. 27: The medical examiner has determined that Sue Marcum, the slain American University professor, died from asphyxia and blunt force trauma, Montgomery County police announced Wednesday.

Marcum's body was found in her Bethesda home on Monday morning. Officers found evidence of forced entry and signs of a struggle at her home, and determined personal property, including her vehicle, had been taken.

Montgomery County police confirm that 18-year-old Deandrew Hamlin is considered a "potential suspect" in her death. Hamlin was arrested early Tuesday by D.C. police after he crashed Marcum's missing Jeep SUV during a brief pursuit, police said.

Officers searched Hamlin home in the 1300 block of 5th Street NW Tuesday night. Montgomery County police spokesperson Capt. Paul Starks declined to say what was found during the search.

UPDATE 11:55 a.m., Oct. 27: Investigators have recovered evidence linking the man found driving a slain American University professor's SUV with her death, Montgomery County police tell ABC 7 News.

Eighteen-year-old DeAndrew Hamlin was arrested early Tuesday after crashing Sue Marcum's 1999 Jeep Cherokee following a brief pursuit in the District, police said.

Marcum's body had been found hours earlier at her Bethesda home. Police believe she was killed.

Montgomery County police say investigators searched Hamlin's apartment in the 1300 block of 5th St. NW Tuesday night and recovered evidence allegedly linking him to the murder.

Hamlin is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday on auto theft charges in the District.

UPDATE 12:28 p.m.: Professor Sue Marcum's students have created a Facebook memorial page in honor of the slain educator.

UPDATE 12:26 p.m.: Watch ABC 7's noon video report on the arrest.

UPDATE 9:32 a.m.: As the investigation into Sue Marcum's death continues, police are offering a $1,000 reward for information about the case. 

Anyone who may have any information about this homicide is asked to call the Major Crime Division at 240-773-5070, police said in a statement released Tuesday morning. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477). Crime Solvers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information provided to them that leads to the arrest and/or indictment of the person(s) responsible for this felony crime.

UPDATE 6:55 a.m.: Police say the teen will face charges in the District including unauthorized use of a vehicle, according to the Associated Press.

UPDATE 5:53 a.m.: Detectives think Sue Marcum might have been killed by a burglar, Washington Post reports.

UPDATE 5:14 a.m.: Watch Montgomery County Police Capt. Paul Starks' update on the Sue Marcum death investigation.

UPDATE 4:41 a.m.: At 11:30 p.m., D.C. police spotted a vehicle matching the description of Sue Marcum's Jeep Cherokee and a brief chase ensued, Montgomery County police said. An 18-year-old was driving the SUV when it crashed near New Jersey Avenue and M Street in Northwest. Police say the teen tried to flee, but officers caught him. He remains in the hospital early Tuesday, guarded by police. At this time, authorities do not consider him a suspect in Marcum's murder. And, its unclear what his relationship to the crime is. The teen's name is being withheld.

 UPDATE 4:06 a.m.: ABC 7's Courtney Robinson reports that Sue Marcum's missing Jeep Cherokee has been recovered after being involved in a single vehicle accident near New Jersey Avenue and M Street in Northwest. Montgomery County police have confirmed that an 18-year-old inside of the vehicle was injured and taken to the hospital. It's unclear if that person has been arrested and charged in Marcum's murder.

NBC4 is reporting that around 11:15 p.m, police spotted a vehice matching the description of Marcum's Jeep Cherokee and pursued it until it struck a utility pole.

UPDATE 10:24 p.m.: Watch the latest report on Sue Marcum's death.

UPDATE 5:24 p.m.: Watch ABC 7's video report on AU professor Sue Marcum's death.

UPDATE 4:36 p.m.: American University released a statement on the death of a professor, which is being investigated as a homicide:

It is with great sadness that we share with you the passing of Professor Sue Marcum.

Professor Marcum was a beloved member of the Kogod community and her sudden death is a tremendous loss to her students and colleagues.

As a community, we mourn Professor Marcum’s death and extend our deepest sympathies to her family, friends, students, colleagues, and alumni.

The school is making grief counselors available to students and staff. Plans for a memorial service are in the works.

 

UPDATE 3:53 p.m.: Montgomery County police have officially labeled the death of American University professor Sue Ann Marcum as a homicide.

Officers were called to Marcum's home in the 6200 block of Massachusetts Avenue in Bethesda about 10:52 a.m. Monday after her boyfriend found her body on the first floor.

Marcum's mother had also become concerned and contacted a next-door neighbor. When the neighbor went to check on Marcum, police were already on the scene.

What investigators found led them to suspect foul play.

"There was forced entry to this home and there were signs of a struggle in this residence," said Capt. Paul Starks, a Montgomery County police spokesman.

Marcum's vehicle was missing. Police in a news release described it as a 1999 gold or tan Jeep Cherokee with Virginia tags YXE 1456.

Marcum's home was along a busy stretch of Massachusetts Avenue near Goldsboro Road. Neighbors tell ABC 7's Rebecca Cooper that even minor crime is rare in the Wood Acres Park neighborhood.

"Not something I would expect to happen around here," said Maura Ferguson.

Marcum, an AU alumna, has taught accounting and taxation there since 1999. Students arriving for scheduled classes Monday were advised of her death.

The Eagle, AU's campus newspaper, reported that students left the canceled class in tears. The paper also reported Marcum was a friendly and well-liked professor who always was known to go the extra mile to help her students.

UPDATE 3:18 p.m.: Montgomery County police are now calling Sue Ann Marcum's death a homicide, though the medical examiner in Baltimore will make the final determination as to the cause and manner of death.

UPDATE 2:04 p.m.: Montgomery County police say Sue Marcum's death appears to be a crime and is being investigated as a homicide.

Police say Marcum's body was discovered this morning by her boyfriend, who called 911. Police say there are signs of forced entry at Marcum's home and that her vehicle is missing. The vehicle is described as a tan Jeep Cherokee with Maryland Virginia tags: YXE1456.

UPDATE 1:37 p.m.: The woman has been identified by neighbors as Sue Marcum, a professor of accounting and taxation at the American University's Kogood School of Business.

Montgomery County police declined to confirm the woman's identity.

The Washington Post, citing Montgomery County police, reports Marcum's death is considered suspicious and foul play may have been involved. Montgomery County police spokesman Capt. Paul Starks declined to elaborate on the report, but said a natural death had not been ruled out.

ABC 7's Rebecca Cooper says Marcum's elderly mother became concerned after not hearing from her daughter for several days and called a neighbor. When the neighbor went to check on Marcum, police had already arrived to check on her welfare.

Police told ABC 7's Rebecca Cooper that it was unclear who had requested the welfare check, but the Post reported it was Marcum's boyfriend, who had also gone to check on her.

The Post also reported Marcum's vehicle was missing, according to the boyfriend.

Original post: Montgomery County police have confirmed that a body was found in the 6200 block of Massachusetts Avenue in Bethesda Monday morning.

No further details were immediately available.

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