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April-30-96

Detroit Man Convicted of Woman’s Murder

The man who attacked Deletha Word after a minor auto accident and forced her to jump off a bridge to her death has been convicted of second-degree murder. On August 19, Martell Welch, Jr. pulled Word from her car after it stalled on a bridge over the Detroit River. He proceed to rip her clothes off and slam her head against his car. Word jumped off the bridge as Welch approached her with a car jack. A jury deliberated less than five hours before convicting Welch of the most serious charge against him, a verdict that could lead a sentence of life in prison.

Media Resources: The Nando Net and Associated Press - April 30, 1996