Inmate charged in fatal jail attack on Wayne Co. deputy

Detroit — The inmate accused of attacking and killing a Wayne County sheriff's deputy last week in the county jail was being held on carjacking and weapons charges and once was convicted of trying to possess a weapon while in a state prison. 

Deandre Williams

Deandre Williams, 28, of Detroit was arraigned Wednesday in 36th District Court in Detroit on charges of first-degree murder, murdering a police officer and felony murder, according to the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office. Williams is accused of killing Cpl. Bryant Searcy, 50, on Sept. 2.

Williams also is charged with unarmed robbery and escaping jail through violence. If convicted, he faces up to life in prison for the murder charge.

A magistrate ordered him held without bail and scheduled his next court appearance, a preliminary examination, for Sept. 23.

Cpl. Bryant Searcy

Police said Williams attacked and killed Searcy about 10 p.m. as the jail guard was inspecting cells.

Other deputies found Searcy unresponsive. Medics took the corporal to a hospital where he died.

“It has been almost a week since the horrific murder of Corporal Bryant Searcy, and it is still very raw," Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said in a statement. "Much has been said lately about the dangers that law enforcement officials face every day. This is no exaggeration. This case is a tragic example of this reality.”

Searcy's funeral is scheduled for noon Friday at Third New Hope Baptist Church, 12850 Plymouth Road, Detroit, with a family hour at 11 a.m. Visitation is from 3-7 p.m. Thursday at O.H. Pye Funeral Home, 7600 Plymouth Road, Detroit.

Williams was being held on carjacking and weapons charges for a March incident that occurred in Detroit, according to Wayne County court records.

In addition, Williams was charged with armed robbery and assaulting a police officer in connection with a Feb. 6 incident in Redford, according to court records. He has a hearing scheduled in that case Sept. 16.

Williams also served a 6- to 20-year prison sentence in the Michigan Department of Corrections for a carjacking in Macomb County in August 2008. In May 2017, Williams was sentenced to 1 to 2 years for attempting to possess on the 2009 sentence for the carjacking conviction.

The weapons charges stemmed, said MDOC spokeswoman Holly Kramer, after officers found him in possession of a sharpened piece of metal while conducting a search.

Williams was paroled from prison in August 2019.