UPDATE: Bond denied for Richardson; faces extradition

By Rachel DePompa - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – The man accused of helping Michael Solomon dispose of Tameka Claiborne's body will remain in jail.

A judge denied bond today for Alphonzo Richardson because Texas prosecutors said they plan to extradite him on a marijuana charge.

Claiborne is the Richmond mother who disappeared last month. Her 3-year-old son, Malik Ellison, was found wandering in a Chesterfield apartment complex. Claiborne's body was found on the banks of the James River in Charles City County three days later.

Richardson is accused of helping dispose of her remains and of being an accessory to murder after the fact.

Richardson's attorney, Todd Stone, has declared his client a hero.

"He was not involved with the murder, he never was involved with the murder.  He got involved just long enough to help the child, to try to save the life of the child. And then he got out," Stone said.

Richardson will be back in court in September.

Meanwhile, we're still waiting to find out if the man police are calling the prime suspect in this case, Michael Solomon, has been indicted for murder.

Prosecutors say they presented a murder charge to the grand jury on Tuesday. The results are sealed until the person is served with the indictment.

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