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Who is Michael Manual Jackson-Bolanos? Man charged with murder of Detroit synagogue leader Samantha Woll

Michael Manual Jackson-Bolanos was charged in connection with the homicide of Woll, which police say was not a hate crime.

Prosecutors in Michigan have filed break-in and murder charges against a 28-year-old man in the October killing of Detroit synagogue leader Samantha Woll.

Who is Michael Manual Jackson-Bolanos?

Michael Manual Jackson-Bolanos is charged with murder and breaking and entering, prosecutor Kym Worthy announced during a Wednesday press conference.

Wednesday’s charges come after Detroit police detained a “person of interest” over the weekend. A different “person of interest” was arrest last month, but later released without being charged.

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Samantha Woll, president of the Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue in Detroit, on Oct. 13, 2022. She was stabbed to death a year later. (David Guralnick/Detroit News via AP)

About Samantha Woll

Samantha Woll, 40, was found dead outside her home, east of downtown Detroit, on Oct. 21, hours after returning from a wedding. Investigators believe she was attacked inside the residence.

There were no signs of forced entry, according to police. An anonymous caller alerted emergency responders after finding her body around 6:30 a.m.

Snippets of the emergency dispatch were heard on the police scanner early that morning saying it was a suspicious death and describing a trail of blood at the scene.

Woll was a well-respected synagogue president and active in politics, having worked for Democratic U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin and on the political campaign of state Attorney General Dana Nessel.

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Michael Jackson-Bolanos, 28, is charged in the murder of Samantha Woll. (Detroit Police Department)

Worthy said Michael Jackson-Bolanos and Woll did not know each and there was not a “shred of evidence” to suggest her murder was motivated by antisemitism. 

“This was an extraordinarily sad and tragic case,” Worthy said. He added: “This takes time. We never want to rush to judgment.”

It was not immediately clear if Michael Manual Jackson-Bolanos had retained an attorney who could speak on his behalf.


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