updated 9/20/2006 2:35:38 PM ET 2006-09-20T18:35:38

A suspect in the slaying of New York Times journalist David E. Rosenbaum pleaded guilty Wednesday to murder and robbery charges and agreed to testify against a relative who is also charged in the attack.

Michael C. Hamlin, 24, told a judge that he and an accomplice attacked Rosenbaum Jan. 6 with a metal pipe as the reporter was walking near his home.

Hamlin pleaded guilty to conspiracy, conspiracy to commit robbery and second-degree murder. Sentencing was scheduled for Dec. 19.

As part of the agreement, Hamlin said he would testify against his cousin, Percey Jordan Jr., who is accused of being the accomplice.

Rosenbaum, 63, retired from the Times shortly before he was attacked. He worked at the paper for more than 30 years.

A report released in June by city investigators criticized emergency responders for failing to follow proper procedures after the attack. After an EMT smelled alcohol on Rosenbaum’s breath, no effort was made to determine whether he suffered a stroke, head trauma or other injuries, the report said.

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