Melvin Stubbs, 65, recently died in police custody. The Oakland, CA native had been arrested and detained after police suspected that he was involved with the death of his wife, Terry Cameron.
When authorities were called to the apartment that Stubbs and Cameron shared, they found the home in disarray, “as if a physical struggle had occurred.” Stubbs reportedly had scratches on his arms and hands and there were signs of trauma to Cameron’s body.
Authorities claimed that the elderly man admitted to having a disagreement with his wife prior to her death but claimed he would have never harmed her because she was one of his caretakers.
When the former auto mechanic was arrested, he was unable to complete the jail intake process as medical workers refused to accept him because his blood sugar was elevated.
Stubbs was then taken Santa Rita jail where he was found unresponsive and pronounced dead in the medical wing.
An autopsy revealed Stubbs did not murder his wife, Cameron’s cause of death was acute bacterial meningitis.
The victim’s family is outraged that officials weren’t able to eliminate him as a suspect just based on his frail condition.
“He was an amputee, and he couldn’t even walk,” said Manuel Primas, Stubbs’ his former brother-in-law “I guess you could say he was an invalid. I can’t believe that you can just grab a man in a wheelchair and arrest him without evidence.”
Primas said the family is seeking legal representation to file a claim against the police department.
“Maybe it’s not murder, but they killed him,” Primas said. “How [are] you going to drag a man out of a house, find her dead, and blame him for it? If a man kills his wife, that means he’s going to try to leave.”