NEW INFO: Mistakenly Released Murder Suspect Behind Bars Again

A murder suspect, who authorities say was mistakenly released from a Eastern Carolina state prison, is now back behind bars.

Wake County deputies say William Bryant, Jr. turned himself in after receiving a call from his parents. They say shortly after 11:00 a.m. Thursday Bryant was arrested without incident at his parents' home in Apex.

Bryant, also known as "Jabo", was released from the Bertie Correctional Institution on Friday. Wake County deputies say he should have been released into their custody, but the Department of Correction says they had no detainer to continue to hold the prisoner.

Bryant is wanted for first degree murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

The Department of Correction says Bryant was in prison for felony possession of cocaine and served his sentence. The DOC is investigating whether prison officials checked the state court web site to see if Bryant was wanted for any other charges before his release.


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Authorities are looking for a murder suspect who was mistakenly released from a prison here in Eastern Carolina.

The Wake County Sheriff's Office says William Bryant, Jr., also known as "Jabo", was released from the Bertie Correctional Institution on Friday. Deputies say he should have been released into custody of Wake County, but the Department of Correction says they had no lawful order to continue to hold the prisoner.

Bryant is wanted for first degree murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

The prison in Windsor is a close security prison and houses approximately 1,000 men.

Department of Correction spokesman Keith Acree says the prison system had no legal authority to hold Bryant any longer. Bryant was in prison for felony possession of cocaine and Acree said he served 23.7 months. He says the Sheriff's Office should have filed a detainer for Bryant, and if they did the DOC never received it.

The DOC says as a backup to the formal detainer process, release procedures include checking state court system records to verify there are no pending charges. Acree says they are investigating the circumstances of Bryant's release and say appropriate disciplinary action will be taken if procedures were not followed.

"This agency's job is to protect the public safety and I will not tolerate anyone who jeopardizes that safety," said Secretary Alvin Keller.

Anyone with information about Bryant's whereabouts should call the Wake County Sheriff's Office at 919-856-6911.


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