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Inmate charged in slaying of deputy in Detroit jail

Prosecutors said the inmate was being held at the jail on a carjacking charge.
Credit: AP
This undated photo provided by the Detroit Police Department shows Deandre Williams. Williams has been charged in the Sept. 2, 2020, slaying of a 50-year-old Wayne County sheriff's deputy at a jail in downtown Detroit. The county prosecutor's office says Williams of Detroit was arraigned Wednesday, Sept. 9 on charges of first-degree premeditated murder, murder of a police officer, felony murder, unarmed robbery and escaping jail through violence. The sheriff's office says Cpl. Bryant Searcy was checking cell doors when he was attacked as he walked past one he thought was locked. (Detroit Police Department via AP)

DETROIT — An inmate has been charged in the slaying of a Wayne County sheriff’s deputy at a jail in downtown Detroit.

Deandre Williams, 28, of Detroit, was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday on charges of first-degree premeditated murder, murder of a police officer, felony murder, unarmed robbery and escaping jail through violence, according to the county prosecutor’s office.

RELATED: Sheriff: Deputy attacked, slain by inmate in Detroit jail

The sheriff’s office has said Cpl. Bryant Searcy, 50, was checking cell doors on Sept. 2 when he was attacked as he walked past one he thought was locked.

Searcy, who joined the sheriff’s office in 2002, was found unresponsive by other deputies and died later at a hospital.

Prosecutors said Williams was being held at the jail on a carjacking charge.

Authorities have said the attack was being reviewed to determine if sheriff’s office procedures were followed.

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