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The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office has charged a husband and wife pair, Javontae Wakefield and Amber Hunter, with first-degree murder over the mid-September homicide of Hunter's mother on Detroit's west side.

On Sept. 11, about 4 a.m., on the 19700 block of Sorrento, victim Tiffany Hunter was found dead in her home after being stabbed.

Police initially arrested a 49-year-old male suspect that day, who was accused of stalking the victim, but Officer Dan Donakowski said he was brought in on an unrelated traffic warrant. 

Six months later, on March 5, Hunter, 26, of Westland and Wakefield, a 26-year-old Mobile, Alabama resident, were both charged with first-degree murder in Hunter's death.

The couple was caught in Youngstown, Ohio on March 9, days after being charged, by the Mahoning Valley Violent Crimes Task Force, media reports show. 

Both are in police custody, and on Sunday, Wakefield was arraigned and denied bond at 34th District Court in Romulus, which handles weekend arraignments for Wayne County courts. Wakefield is due in Third Circuit Court on March 28 for his probable cause conference and on April 4 for his preliminary exam, both before Judge Lydia Adams.

Hunter was denied bond at her arraignment Monday morning in Detroit's 36th District Court. She's due in Third District Court on April 2 for her probable cause conference and on April 9 for her preliminary exam, both before Judge Lydia Adams.  

 

 

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