Fifteen years ago, James Matthews slipped through the cracks of the criminal justice system. Homicide detectives submitted a warrant request to Wayne County prosecutors in 2003, seeking murder charges against him. The request never was pursued.
Police say he went on to kill more victims, all women, writes George Hunter of The Detroit News.
Matthews, 65, is now a suspect in two homicides in Michigan, three in Texas and one in New York, according to Detroit police officials. And Detroit Police detectives are trying to determine if he’s a suspect in other killings.
“He should have been charged years ago,” Detroit Police Chief James Craig tells the paper. “There’s enough blame to go around: Prosecutors never did anything with the warrant request, and our detectives didn’t follow up on it. The case just fell into a black hole.
He’s currently jailed in New York, awaiting extradition to Wayne County to face murder and sexual assault charges.