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Murder Suspect Mistakenly Released From Broward County Jail: BSO

A sheriff's statement says they received "unequivocal direction" from the state attorney's office Thursday that the second-degree murder charge against 28-year-old Eric Vail was dismissed

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    Broward Murder Suspect Mistakenly Released From Jail

    The Broward County Sheriff's Office released Eric Vail, 28, when a second-degree murder charge was dismissed even though he had been indicted by a grand jury earlier this year on a first-degree murder charge.

    (Published Monday, June 3, 2019)

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    • The state attorney's office responded that sheriff's officials should have known about the charge because they took Vail to court Thursday.

    A man charged with murder was mistakenly released from a Florida jail, authorities said Monday.

    The Broward County Sheriff's Office released Eric Vail, 28, when a second-degree murder charge was dismissed even though he had been indicted by a grand jury earlier this year on a first-degree murder charge.

    Sheriff's office spokeswoman Keyla Concepcion said a "communication issue within the court system" caused the mix-up. She said the jail had not received any documentation from the clerk of courts that Vail was to remain in custody to face another charge.

    The state attorney's office said sheriff's officials should have known about the charge because they took Vail to court Thursday on the upgraded charge.

    Murder Suspect Mistakenly Released from Broward Jail

    [MI] Murder Suspect Mistakenly Released from Broward Jail

    The suspect was released last week and has not been reached by the public defender's office since, according to officials from the Broward Sheriff's Office and other agencies.

    (Published Monday, June 3, 2019)

    Vail is accused in the drive-by shooting of a 27-year-old man in October. He was arrested in January.

    Public Defender Howard Finkelstein, whose office represents Vail, said they haven't heard from him.

    "Our focus remains on apprehending this dangerous criminal," Concepcion said in an emailed statement. 

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