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FBI agent: Phone data places accused murderer of Samantha Woll at scene

Michael Jackson-Bolanos denies the charges against him and faces life in prison if convicted.

JCRC/AJC board member Samantha Woll lighting candles in March 2018. Credit: Courtesy of JCRC/AJC.
JCRC/AJC board member Samantha Woll lighting candles in March 2018. Credit: Courtesy of JCRC/AJC.

Prosecutors presented more evidence in the trial of the man alleged to have stabbed to death a prominent Michigan Jewish community leader last year.

In Detroit on Tuesday, FBI special agent Bryan Toltzis testified regarding the cell phone belonging to defendant Michael Jackson-Bolanos, 29.

Toltzis recounted how GPS data from Jackson-Bolanos’s phone placed him in the “immediate area of the crime scene” at 4:20 a.m. on Oct. 21 when Samantha Woll’s security system detected motion in her living room.

According to assistant prosecutor Ryan Elsey, this is when Jackson-Bolanos murdered Woll. Law enforcement asserts that the defendant and victim did not know one another and that antisemitism was not the motivation behind the killing.

Toltzis said that Alexander Martinez, a Michigan State police trooper, had seen the defendant walking in a parking lot near Woll’s apartment. He also recounted that other potential suspects’ phones did not show up in the area at the time of the murder.

Jackson-Bolanos could spend the rest of his life behind bars if convicted. He has denied any wrongdoing.

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