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Clerical Error Blamed in Murder Suspect’s Jail Release

staff - April 3, 2016 6:04 am

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Three Jackson County jail workers have received unspecified disciplining after a murder suspect was mistakenly released from custody.

The Kansas City Star says clerical errors by jail employees were blamed for the February 17th release of 26-year-old Malcolm D. Johnson.

Johnson was being held in connection on charges of second-degree murder and armed criminal action in connection with a 2014 shooting death of 22-year-old Monteario Hogan in the suburb of Raytown. Johnson remains at large.

Joseph Piccinini, the county’s director of corrections, says in a statement that Johnson’s release happened after prosecutors dropped and then refiled charges in routine procedural action. Piccinini says those actions should not have triggered Johnson’s release.