Police: Alphonso Douglas Jackson, disabled Detroit man, charged with dismembering woman's body

Alphonso Douglas Jackson
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Alphonso Douglas Jackson in an inmage from his video arraignment, Monday, May 6 2013
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(CBS) DETROIT - Detroit police say they discovered a dismembered body in the bathtub of a disabled, elderly man's apartment after being led there by a trail of blood, according to CBS Detroit.

72-year-old Alphonso Douglas Jackson was charged Monday with disinterment of a body, tampering with evidence and concealing the death of a person, reports CBS Detroit. 

"If you don't know how somebody died, the coroners put it down as homicide, now that means something else is possible. But until they figure out exactly how she died, I don't see how they can charge him," said defense attorney Donald Cooks.

CBS Detroit reports officers found Jackson, who uses a wheelchair, in his kitchen at 5 a.m. on Friday after responding to a welfare check call.  When they checked the apartment, they found a woman's dismembered body in the bathtub, police said.

Disinterment and tampering both carry possible penalties of 10 years in prison, and a concealing death conviction carries five years, reports CBS Detroit.

According to the station, Jackson is being held in a psychiatric ward while awaiting trial. His bond was set at $2 million.