Samantha Voll Murder: Michael Manuel Jackson Bolanos Charged with Murder of Detroit Synagogue Leader

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Detroit police officers work near the scene of the death of Samantha Voll, who is the leader of a downtown synagogue, Isaac Admit, in Detroit, Oct. 21, 2023.


A Detroit man has been charged with murder in an October slaying Detroit Synagogue President Samantha Voll during a home invasion, prosecutors announced Wednesday.

Michael Manuel Jackson-Bolaños, 28, is charged with aggravated murder during the commission of a felony or attempted first-degree home invasion, according to the Detroit Police Department. If convicted, the accused faces life in prison without parole, police said.

He was charged with a home invasion and lying to a peace officer, police said. Authorities do not believe Jackson-Bolaños knew Woll. CNN was not immediately able to identify an attorney for him.

“Let me be very clear … there is no truth to suggest that this defendant knew Ms. Woll, and no truth to suggest that this was a hate crime,” Wayne County Prosecutor Kim Worthy said during a news conference Wednesday.

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Wohl, a committee leader at the Isaac Acre downtown synagogue, was found stabbed to death outside his home in the early morning hours of Oct. 21. He is believed to have stumbled out after he was attacked.

Officials said Voll had attended a wedding yesterday evening and appeared normal. She returned home after midnight and found no signs of forced entry into her home. Police said after she was killed.

A The medical examiner determined Woll’s death was caused by multiple blunt force injuries from a straight-edged knife, Worthy said, and Woll died by homicide.

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According to Worthy, the defendant is expected to appear in court Wednesday evening, although CNN could not confirm details of the court appearance.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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