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Police: 2003 murder suspect linked to homicides in 3 states

DETROIT (AP) - Detroit police allege that a murder suspect who was released after his case was botched 15 years ago is also being investigated as a suspect in homicides in two other states.

Police told The Detroit News that 65-year-old James Matthews is a suspect in two homicides in Michigan, three in Texas and one in New York.

Authorities are investigating how a 2003 case against Matthews was flubbed after Detroit police arrested him for allegedly strangling a woman. Matthews was released from jail when a warrant against him wasn't filed within the required time frame.

Detroit police Chief James Craig believes Matthews "is a serial killer who committed more murders after he should have been charged."

Matthews is awaiting extradition from New York to Wayne County, where he faces murder and assault charges. Court records didn't list his attorney Tuesday.

Information from: The Detroit News, http://detnews.com/

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