Man accused of fatally stabbing victim, using his credit card, held in D.C. jail

By Keith L. Alexander
Saturday, September 25, 2010; 12:44 AM

After fatally stabbing a Northwest D.C. man 30 times and leaving his naked body slung over his bed and drenched in bleach, the assailant used the victim's credit card to buy a soda at a nearby CVS and a ticket for a movie at a Silver Spring theater, a District homicide detective testified Friday.

D.C. homicide Detective Hosam Nasr told a D.C. Superior Court judge that Marcus McLean, 24, who is charged with first-degree murder while armed in the Aug. 8 slaying of Delando King, killed King inside his one-bedroom apartment in the 1100 block of 10th Street NW about 3 a.m.

Nasr said the men met at Omega DC, a gay nightclub in Dupont Circle, before returning to King's apartment. About 50 minutes later, surveillance cameras, which had recorded the two men entering the apartment building, showed McLean leaving alone, carrying a lime-green grocery bag from King's apartment.

Nasr said a large butcher knife was missing from a butcher's block in King's kitchen, and the bedroom looked as though it had been "ransacked," with dresser drawers left open and items scattered about.

Later that afternoon, surveillance footage captured McLean at a nearby CVS using King's check card and, later, purchasing a ticket to watch the movie "Salt" at the Regal Majestic theater in Silver Spring, again using King's card. Another video from the City Place Mall in Silver Spring shows McLean purchasing items from a clothing store. McLean was identified by a mall employee, who said McLean frequented the mall.

Nasr said that during questioning, McLean initially denied knowing King. Then, when shown the surveillance video from King's apartment building, McLean told police that King had forced him into prostitution with clients in foreign countries for as much as $4,000.

McLean told police that when the two men returned to King's apartment, they got into a fight when King tried to engage McLean in sex, and that King had initially grabbed the knife and McLean tried to defend himself before "blacking out." The detective testified that McLean said he tried to clean his fingerprints from the apartment and poured bleach on the victim because he saw such a technique on the TV show "CSI."

King's laptop, wallet and iPod were missing from his apartment. Police found the iPod later in McLean's bedroom at his home in the 200 block of Cromwell Terrace NE.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Kerkhoff challenged the self-defense account that McLean had conveyed to Nasr, noting that he was 6-feet-8 inches and 230 pounds, and King about 5-feet-5 and 140 pounds.

McLean's attorney, Kia Sears of the District's Public Defender Service, challenged the accuracy of the statements Nasr said her client had given at the time of his arrest. Still, D.C. Superior Court Judge Gerald I. Fisher said Kerkhoff had presented enough evidence to persuade him to keep McLean in the D.C. jail until trial.

McLean had been before a D.C. judge before. In 2008, he was placed on 18 months' probation after being convicted of misdemeanor sexual abuse of a child in connection with "inappropriate touching" of a 14-year-old boy, according to court documents.

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