2 U.P. prison inmates face murder charges

WAKEFIELD – Two state prison inmates have been arraigned on second-degree murder charges in Gogebic County District Court in the death of a Muskegon area man at the Ojibway Correctional Facility in January.

Delorean Earnest Henderson, 25, and Michael Smith, 32, are accused of killing inmate Randolph Connor, 27, on Jan. 11.

“He was assaulted by the two individuals and he died as a result of injuries,” said Michigan State Police Detective Sgt. Russell Larson of the Wakefield post.

Larson said the alleged assault took place in a common area at the Level I security prison, which is a former prison camp located in Marenisco Township. Larson said Connor was assaulted without weapons by Henderson and Smith.

Police were not releasing any information concerning a possible motive for the alleged attack.

The two inmates were arrested June 4. A preliminary examination has been set for July 29. Henderson and Smith are at the Baraga Correctional Facility in Baraga.

Henderson is serving time for first-degree home invasion and assault with intent to commit murder convictions out of Macomb County. Smith is incarcerated for armed robbery and felony firearms convictions in Wayne County.

The Ojibway Correctional Facility can accommodate up to 1,180 prisoners.

John Pepin can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206.