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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  • by linda Location: windsor on Apr 9, 2010 at 01:52 PM
    Why is it so difficulty for Wake Co. to take responsibility for this mishap. I know Windsor is down in the "sticks", but this time they are correct. Go to the DOC website. You will see that Bertie had to release him and that Wake Co. did NOT file a detainer. WITN, please follow this story. I do not believe you have accurately stated the facts. By now, you know that a detainer wasn't filed, but you still run the story as if a mistake was made by BCI. In my opinion, a retraction is needed. Inmate Released from BCI due to lack of procedures by Wake Co. Sheriff's Office. This office and its procedures should be investigated.
  • by Rb Location: Raleigh on Apr 9, 2010 at 11:38 AM
    To ANONYMOUS: Were you also and inmate?Judging by the grammer and typos.And NO the idiot should get no credit for turning hiself in.And I work for DOC and have had to go over all of this info. DOC did NOT violate anything.The DA office and the county some how did not file the paperwork.BY LAW he HAS to be released.Period.Headlines should have NEVER said he was mistakenly released. We did not make a mistake. We followed policy.It should have said Ex-Inmate should have been picked up by County officers.So all of you know it all's, Please tell me...what should we have done different?Better yet, tell me the procedures that are done before a release? Because I know what was done.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 9, 2010 at 06:28 AM
    Man yall done no what it like be release and then turn yuoself in.That aint even write.
  • by Duh Location: Greenville & hate it. on Apr 8, 2010 at 02:46 PM
    If he turned himself in, then he wasn't "caught". Change your headline WITN :)
  • by Wondering Location: Washington nc on Apr 8, 2010 at 02:42 PM
    Are they going to give him (Jabo) credit for turning hisself in...I think they should...Because he could have run and not get caught until later....
  • by Me Location: Greenville on Apr 8, 2010 at 11:23 AM
    I am very familar with the release procedure b/c I have worked with both the sheriff dept and DOC. First let me say that its against the law to keep an inmate past his release date period no matter what he has pending. If wake county wanted him after his release they needed to file the proper paper and guess what it is their job to go pick him up from the releasing prison. After his release date he no longer the responsibility of DOC. Wake County did not even send a deputy to pick this inmate up but the sheriff wants to blame DOC. Its that Sheriff Harrison is trying divert the blame from his department and even though it doesnt look like DOC was at fault DOC is still conducting an investigation within their department. That alone says alot.
  • by to Anonymous @ 12:55 PM on Apr 8, 2010 at 10:37 AM
    I think you are the "d.a.". Can you not read? The story states that he DID turn himself in....
  • by Anonymous on Apr 8, 2010 at 09:55 AM
    i can't believe the d.a. didn't turn himself in. he thought he could run & hide? ugh. disgusting.
  • by ? Location: ? on Apr 7, 2010 at 11:00 PM
    Hey A C/O, please don't accuse others of being dumb when you don't even know the correct way to spell "you're." (You spelled it "your".)
  • by Anonymous on Apr 7, 2010 at 02:37 PM
    To Wow - I do not know where YOU are from but we it spell 'Moma'. Maybe your MAMA taught you to spell it MA MA. In any case...WHO CARE?!
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