Grand jury asked to indict Solomon on murder

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – New developments in the murder case of a Richmond mother. Today, the city's top prosecutor requested a grand jury indict 28-year-old Michael Solomon on murder charges in the death of his girlfriend, Tameka Claiborne.

The outcome of the grand jury's decision could be made public as early as Wednesday morning. During a phone conversation Claiborne's family says, they're hopeful Solomon will be charged with killing their loved one.

Solomon is the prime suspect in the death of Claiborne. He's not charged with her murder but that could soon change.

"Today our office presented evidence to a multi-jurisdictional grand jury for two additional felonies. Those felonies are the murder of Tameka Claiborne, as well as, disposing or concealing of her body," said Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Thomas Johnson.

Right now, Solomon is only charged with abducting Claiborne's three year old son, Malik. Last month, Malik was found wandering alone in Chesterfield. Several days later, Claiborne's body was found on the banks of the James River.

An alleged accomplice, Alphonzo Richardson is charged with improper disposal of a body and accessory to murder after the fact.

He's behind bars but could be bonded out tomorrow. A judge has said he will allow Richardson to be released on a $25,000 bond if the Commonwealth's Attorney's office doesn't come up with a reason to keep Richardson in jail by the end of today.

"No additional charges have been presented against Mr. Richardson in this case, at least not at this time," said Johnson.

Claiborne's family says they're optimistic the grand jury will find there's enough evidence to charge Solomon with murder -- prosecutors say they're optimistic as well.

"We feel confident in the process so far that they will return true bill," said Johnson.

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