Joseph Andrew Felton, Jr.
CHICAGO — Pending the outcome of a court hearing in Chicago, Ill., Joseph Felton Jr. will be extradited to Henry County to face local charges for allegedly killing his wife.
Henry County Police Sgt. Joey Smith said Tuesday Sheray Latriest Felton was found dead inside the couple’s Hampton residence Saturday. Autopsy results revealed she died of blunt force trauma and lacerations from an edged weapon. Smith did not release additional details about the case, including when the victim was killed.
Detectives were in Chicago Tuesday, continuing with their investigation, Smith said. The Henry County Sheriff’s Office will handle Felton’s extradition.
“If he waives his extradition hearing, we’ll bring him back immediately,” Sheriff Keith McBrayer said. “If not, we’ll have to get a warrant from the governor’s office, and it could take up to 30 days to return him to Henry County.”
Joseph Andrew Felton, 43, was first named a person of interest in his wife’s death on Saturday, before Henry County police sent out an updated “be on the lookout” flier the next day, naming him as the primary suspect in the homicide case.
The couple had a history of documented domestic problems in their home state of Illinois, according to a report in the Chicago Tribune. Sheray Felton in 2011 and 2013 sought orders of protection against her husband in Will County, Ill., saying he threatened her with violence and physically abused her. Joseph Felton was charged with domestic battery in July 2013 after his wife reported that he slapped her and pulled her wig from her head, but the charge was later dropped when Sheray did not show up for a court hearing, the Tribune reported.
Felton was arraigned Tuesday on several charges in connection with his arrest in Chicago late Sunday after an eight-hour police standoff. Henry County Police communicated with authorities in Chicago, who were able to locate Felton’s Chrysler 300 using GPS coordinates.
An officer attempted to pull Felton over, according to police there, but he kept driving, eventually crashing the car just off a busy road. The Chicago Tribune reported that police opened fire two seperate times during the chase, which began about 12:30 p.m., but did not strike the suspect.
Throughout the standoff, police said, Felton claimed he was armed with several firearms. The Chrysler’s dark-tinted windows made it difficult for police to see inside, and armored SWAT trucks surrounded the car as negotiators called out to him over a bullhorn, telling him to surrender.
Chicago police scanner traffic indicated a knife could be seen inside the car. Officers told Felton to pass it through the window.
Police deployed a flash-bang grenade just before 11 p.m. and Felton exited the car on his own. No guns were found inside the vehicle, Chicago police later said.
Felton was taken to a hospital and treated for non life-threatening injuries, including self-inflicted cuts to his wrists, police there said.