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Authorities filed a murder charge Wednesday in the October slaying of a Detroit synagogue leader, alleging that she was killed by a stranger who broke into her home.

There was not a “shred of evidence” that Samantha Woll was killed as a result of antisemitism or any hate crime, prosecutor Kym Worthy said.

A 28-year-old Detroit man was charged with murder and two other crimes. The Associated Press is not naming the suspect because it’s unclear whether he has a lawyer who can speak on his behalf. The Wayne county, Michigan, public defender’s office did not immediately respond to whether it is representing the suspect and had no comment on his case.

Samantha Woll, 40, was found dead outside her home, east of downtown Detroit, on 21 October, hours after returning from a wedding. Investigators believe she was attacked inside the residence.

“There are no facts to suggest this defendant knew Ms Woll,” Worthy said.

Police said a person of interest had been in custody over the weekend. A different person who had been in custody was released in November.

“This was an extraordinarily sad and tragic case,” Worthy said. She added: “This takes time. We never want to rush to judgment.”

Woll was president of the Isaac Agree downtown synagogue. Besides her work for the synagogue, Woll had worked for the Democratic US representative Elissa Slotkin and on the political campaign of the Michigan state attorney general, Dana Nessel.

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