Man accused of murder mistakenly released from Maryland prison
A Maryland prison accidentally released a man suspected of murder, but no one realized he was gone until two days later.
And it took until Monday for the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services to announce to the public that 30-year-old Rodriquez Purnell was "mistakenly released" Friday.
Purnell, who still hasn't been located, is charged with the murder of a 27-year-old man back in March of 2013. WBFF spoke with the victim's aunt, who was understandably upset over Purnell's release.
Maryan Muller said, "I was like, 'How did this happen? What happened? How did he get out?' ... It's just like somebody -- they looked the other way."Purnell was awaiting trial at the Maryland Reception, Diagnostic and Classification Center in Baltimore when he was released. No other details about how he was let go have been made public.
In fact, it sounds like Maryland officials aren't even sure how Purnell got out. A Maryland Corrections spokesperson told ABC, "We just don't know yet what happened. We handle thousands of suspects awaiting trial, and this is very, very rare."
The Baltimore Sun discovered Purnell has quite the criminal record. He's been in and out of prison since 2002 having been charged with robbery, traffic violations, assaulting a corrections officer, and multiple counts of drug distribution.
An investigation has been launched into how Purnell was released.
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