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Melvin Stubbs, 65
Dublin,, California
March 06, 2016

Agencies: Alameda County sheriff’s Office California | Dublin Police Department California

Last updated: 11 months ago

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A 65-year-old Oakland man being held at Santa Rita Jail died on Sunday -- about 24 hours after he was arrested by Oakland police for a killing they now say he didn't commit.


The jail initially refused to take custody of Melvin Stubbs, a diabetic with an amputated leg. The reason, according to Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. Ray Kelly, was that Stubbs' blood-sugar level was sky high.


Kelly said that Oakland police took Stubbs to a hospital, where his medical condition was stabilized. He was then returned to the jail, where he was found dead in the medical wing about an hour and a half after he arrived.


Stubbs was arrested on Saturday after officers responded to a report of a deceased person in the 10400 block of Foothill Boulevard at 12:10 p.m., Oakland police spokeswoman Johnna Watson said. There, they found a woman, identified by the Alameda County coroner as 58-year-old Terry Cameron, dead.


Officers booked Stubbs -- who uses a wheelchair -- on suspicion of murder.


Watson did not respond to questions about why police arrested Stubbs or provide any additional detail about the incident.