Sheriff says wrongly freed murder suspect recaptured

Published 8:14 am Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Authorities in Mississippi say a man charged with murder was mistakenly free for days due to a clerical error.

The Commercial Dispatch reports 26-year-old Malcolm Hill was found Foley, Alabama, five days after being released from a detention center in Columbus.

A Lowndes County sheriff’s statement issued Monday says Hill was back at the center Saturday, and the employee responsible for the error no longer works there.

Hill and his girlfriend, 24-year-old Victoria Slayton, are charged with capital murder in a 2018 slaying.

Hill was on parole for burglary and larceny at the time and initially held on a parole violation.

The statement says a detainer wasn’t placed on Hill for the new charge.

It says jail officials are now reviewing other cases to ensure proper detainer documents are filed.