Man charged with murder in death of Wayne County inmate awaiting extradition

Man charged with murder in death of Wayne County inmate awaiting extradition

Detroit — A 38-year-old Oak Park man being held at the Wayne County Jail faces two felony homicide charges in the death of Antonio James, a 29-year-old fellow inmate who was two days from extradition to Ohio last year.

More: Man slain in Wayne County Jail was 2 days from extradition to Ohio

Carl Smelley Jr. has been charged with manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter in the Oct. 23 incident. Carl Smelley Jr. (Photo: Detroit Police Department) Information on when he will be arraigned was not immediately available, but Smelley has been behind bars since early October.

At an Oct. 15 court hearing, an extradition order for James was signed by Wayne Circuit Judge Deborah Thomas, allowing James to be sent to Ohio, where he faced a number of charges.

He would never make it.

At 3:24 a.m. Oct. 23, James was found unresponsive in his cell. He died of blunt force trauma to the head, said the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office. There were bite marks on his left arm and the right side of his neck.

From the beginning, police said he had been involved in a fight with a 37-year-old inmate. Smelley turned 38 earlier this month.That fight took place in the jail’s Division 2 facility, at 525 Clinton, the oldest of the three jail properties.Smelley had been jailed since Oct. 9 after being arrested for allegedly carrying a concealed weapon. He would be charged with three felonies in that incident — carrying a concealed weapon, being a felon in possession […]

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