Samantha Woll suspect released without charge, attorney says

Samantha Woll was stabbed to death at her home in Detroit’s Lafayette Park neighbourhood on 21 October

Bevan Hurley
Saturday 11 November 2023 14:44 GMT
Suspect arrested in connection to synagogue president Samantha Woll's death

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A suspect arrested over the killing of Samantha Woll has been released by police in Detroit without charge, his attorney says.

The unidentified man, who reportedly attended Woll’s funeral, was arrested on Tuesday before being released on Friday, his attorney Allison Kriger told the Detroit Free Press.

Under Michigan state law, criminal suspects must be charged within 72 hours of their arrest.

Woll, 40, was found stabbed to death in her home in Detroit’s Lafayette Park neighbourhood on 21 October.

The killing of the Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue president shocked the local community and city officials, who remembered her as a beacon of light in the community who tried to build bridges between Jews and Muslims.

Samantha Woll was stabbed to death at her home in Detroit’s Lafayette Park neighbourhood on 21 October
Samantha Woll was stabbed to death at her home in Detroit’s Lafayette Park neighbourhood on 21 October (AP)

Ms Kriger did not immediately respond to a request for comment by The Independent. Detroit police are yet to confirm his release, and did not respond to a request for comment on Saturday morning.

Announcing the suspect’s arrest on 8 November, Detroit Police Chief James White said it was “an encouraging development”.

Chief White added that the arrest “did not represent the conclusion of our work in this case”.

Police have kept the suspect’s identity and other information relating to the investigation confidential.

According to the Detroit Free Press, the suspect knew Woll and attended her funeral.

Police have previously said they had no evidence to suggest the murder was an antisemitic hate crime.

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