August 14, 2010 at 3:28 pm EDT | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Arrest made in gay man’s murder

D.C. police have arrested a suspect in the murder of gay federal worker Delando King, who was found stabbed to death Aug. 8 in his apartment at an upscale condo building at 1117 10th St., N.W.

Police charged Marcus McLean with premeditated first-degree murder while armed in connection with the case. He was apprehended at about 2:30 a.m. Saturday on the 2100 block of P Street, N.W., according to a police statement. Two gay bars are located along the block.

The statement says police obtained a warrant for Mclean’s arrest sometime earlier, but it gave no further details on how homicide detectives identified him.

Shortly after King was found dead in his apartment, D.C. police homicide branch Capt. Michael Farish told the media that surveillance cameras at King’s building captured video footage of an unidentified black man entering the building with King early Sunday morning. Farish said the surveillance video also showed the man leaving the building alone while carry a bag with something inside that the man did not have when he entered the building.

The police statement that announced Mclean’s arrest describes him as a black man.

“This case was brought to closure by detectives Brian Wise, Hosam Nasr and the other members of Squad 2, with assistance in the apprehension by members of the Second District, Gay & Lesbian Liaison Unit” and other units, said Capt. Edward Delgado, who issued the statement.

King, 34, worked for the U.S. Indian Health Service, an arm of the Department of Health & Human Services. A statement released by the Indian Health Service said King was a member of the Navajo Nation and highly regarded in the local American Indian community.

Police said they don’t believe King’s murder was related to a series of anti-gay attacks targeting gay men that have occurred in the Dupont Circle area in recent months.

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

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