North Carolina Probes Why Suspected SC Serial Killer Was Freed

Authorities say a North Carolina parole officer should not be blamed for failing to tell jail officers to keep the suspected South Carolina serial killer behind bars.

A Corrections Department spokesman said Tuesday parole officer Angela Merrill saw more than two dozen parolees the day Patrick
Burris was released from a county jail and she had no evidence to
indicate the violent turn his life was about to take.

Corrections spokesman Keith Acree says the agency is looking into what allowed Burris to get out of jail. Authorities say Burris killed five people between June 27 and July 2 in and around the rural South Carolina community of Gaffney.

He was shot to death about a week ago by police investigating a burglary complaint in North Carolina.

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