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CrimeAccused killer remains on loose after accidental release from Florida jail

05:55  08 june  2019
05:55  08 june  2019 Source:   latimes.com

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Accused killer remains on loose after accidental release from Florida jail© Broward County Sheriff's Office/TNS/TNS Eric Alexander Vail, 28, of Miami, was ordered held without bond in the murder of Wadarius R. Harris, 27, also of Miami, records showed. However, he was released from the Broward County Jail on Thursday, jail officials said.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — An accused killer was mistakenly freed from jail after the Broward Clerk of Courts did not produce a routine document telling the jail to keep him there.

Eric Vail, accused of spraying a man’s car with an AR-15-style rifle in October, remained on the loose Friday, more than a week after he walked out of the jail. Who was responsible has remained a mystery, as the clerk, jail and prosecutors all blamed someone else.

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Here’s how it happened:

Prosecutors dropped a second-degree murder charge against Vail in the shooting after a grand jury indicted him for first-degree murder for the same crime. He was supposed to be held without bond on the more serious charge, but the clerk’s office never sent that paperwork to the jail.

After the change to Vail’s criminal charges, the clerk’s office never generated a “capias” — or an order to arrest or detain the 28-year-old defendant.

The Broward Sheriff’s Office, which runs the jail, may have compounded the problem: It wasn’t required to check the clerk’s website to see whether Vail had other cases against him. Sheriff’s officials say checking the clerk’s website is not part of their routine procedures because it’s unreliable “and not an official warrant database.” The jail searches for a capias, a warrant, or a court order, not the clerk’s website.

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On the loose after accidental release from broward jail — 6/04/2019. Vail had been in the jail since January, accused of being the trigger man in the death of 27-year-old Despite the continuing second case, which Scherer is also overseeing, Vail was released from jail

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That search also would have flagged the breakdown in communication between the clerk and the sheriff’s office and kept a suspected murderer from going free.

According to the clerk’s office, jail officials should never have released Vail because they were never given an order to do so.

“In order to release a prisoner from confinement, a directive from the judiciary is required,” Dian Diaz, chief operating officer for Broward Clerk of Courts Brenda Forman, said earlier this week. No such order was given.

Vail originally was arrested in January, accused of second-degree murder in the October shooting death of Wadarius Harris, 27, in Pembroke Park.

A co-defendant, Christopher Avery Campbell, was arrested in March on the charge of first-degree murder.

According to investigators, Vail and Campbell were in a Nissan Altima when they pulled alongside Harris and opened fire with an AR-15-style rifle. Harris, who was driving a pickup, died instantly. Investigators concluded Vail was the shooter and Campbell was driving the Nissan.

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Both men were indicted April 3.

That, according to the sheriff’s office, is when the capias should have been generated by the clerk.

“That capias is traditionally sent to the jail to add the charge” to the defendant’s booking information, said sheriff’s spokeswoman Veda Coleman-Wright.

Without it, the Broward Sheriff’s Office officially knew about the dropped case but had no idea it had been replaced with a first-degree murder charge.

Even without the capias, whether the Sheriff’s Office should have known to hold Vail remains in dispute. The April indictment contains an explicit court order to hold Vail without bond. Coleman-Wright said it was the clerk’s responsibility to notify the jail about that order with the capias.

But both the clerk’s office and the Broward State Attorney’s Office say they let the Sheriff’s Office know about the first-degree murder case. That information never got to the jail. Once the second-degree case was dropped, jail officials searched for warrants, a capias or some other court order with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

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Broward Public Defender Howard Finkelstein, whose office represents Vail, said he was “baffled” at the failure of the process.

“If their query does not have them check their local database to see if the defendant has another case then the query is stupid,” he said. “The sheriff’s office and the clerk’s office need to stop focusing on blaming each other and start taking measures to make sure this never happens again.”

Diaz said the clerk’s office maintains an “open line of communication” with the Broward Sheriff’s Office and that the two agencies last year created an “Offender Management Dashboard” to give law enforcement “near real-time electronic access to court records.”

Finkelstein said he did not know where Vail is but would advise him to surrender to authorities.

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