Inmate killed in Wayne County Jail was two days from extradition

November 17, 2019, 11:56 AM

Antonio James. (Photo: Michigan Department of Corrections)

An inmate killed in a fight at the Wayne County Jail last month was being held on drug charges and just two days from extradition to Ohio, The Detroit News has learned.

Antonio James, 29, died of blunt-force trauma to the head Oct. 23.

The News reports:

When the [transportation company handling the extradition] called the Wayne County Jail on the Oct. 23 to offer its customary heads-up 48 hours before the pickup, it learned James had died, said a spokesman for PTS.

James faced three felony drug counts between two cases in Ohio, one requiring mandatory prison time if convicted, said Paula Sawyers, a spokeswoman for the Licking County Prosecutor's Office.

James had just finished a two-year probation period following a plea deal in Wayne County. Between the start of his probation in March 2017 to his extradition order, James was charged with five felonies, covering three cases, in Licking County.

A 37-year-old inmate is suspected in the killing. Investigations into that and whether jail personnel filed proper protocols are ongoing.

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