Homicide suspect charged with felony after jail escape

Kalamazoo and Battle Creek
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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — A Kalamazoo man charged with murdering his girlfriend is facing another charge after escaping from the Kalamazoo County Jail.

Authorities say 25-year-old Donnovan Lewis escaped from the jail around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday by scaling two 15-foot fences while outside for recreation. He was captured about 30 minutes later.

On Friday, Lewis was arraigned on a charge of felony escape in connection to Wednesday’s incident.

He is also charged with open murder in the death of Aniya Mack. Lewis said he got into an argument with Mack over her relationship with Rev. Strick Strickland, who is the preacher at Second Baptist Church, where Mack sang in the choir.

Lewis said he hit her in the face before slitting her throat, putting a garbage bag over her head and putting her in a suitcase. He later put the suitcase in a dumpster outside Mack’s apartment before retrieving it and dumping it in Comstock Creek, according to court records.

His murder trial is scheduled for Sept. 25.

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