"Although he's charged in one robbery, he's a suspect in as many as 18," Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark McCarren told a federal judge. McCarren requested that bail be denied.
In 1986, Madison, 50, was found guilty of killing Terry Wells by hitting her over the head with a lamp during an argument. Her body was found two months later in a suitcase that had been dumped in the Passaic River.
After serving 18 years of a 40-year sentence on his conviction of manslaughter, Madison was paroled in 2005 and began his bank robbery spree, investigators believe.
Madison was arrested Monday for only one robbery, a Bank of America branch located in a grocery store, that took place the day before. He was arrested in the parking lot of his apartment complex.