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Suspect in Portage Murder ordered held without bond


KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- A murder suspect from Saginaw has officially been charged with the murder of his ex-wife, Delores Smith, in her Portage Apartment last Thursday.

58-year-old Clinton Smith sat silently at the other end of a video link to Kalamazoo District Court as he was accused of stabbing the woman once in the neck. Her body wasn’t found until hours after the assault.

He was charged with open murder suggesting that there could be some question whether it was premeditated or a momentary lapse of control.

That may be left to the jury to decide.

Bond was denied.

They held a vigil for Mrs. Smith last night. Her body will be buried after funeral services in Crenshaw, Mississippi, her hometown on Saturday.