by: Amy Napier Viteri Updated:
FULTON COUNTY, Ga. - A family is upset after a man accused of killing their loved one was mistakenly released from jail.
They want to know who is behind the mix-up. Staff at the Fulton County Jail released 32-year-old Quinton Jones on Oct. 20 although he was charged in connection with the murder of their relative, 29-year-old LaMarice Westbrook.
"It's kind of hard for us to find sleep at night knowing we have a murderer walking around that hurt a family member," Westbrook's brother, Stoney Jackson, told Channel 2's Amy Napier Viteri.
According to Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard, the mix-up stemmed from a new indictment against Jones, with additional charges. Howard said his office saw Jones arraigned on the new indictment on Oct. 19.
"On October 20, 2012, Fulton County jail officials released Defendant Jones on the basis of the Dead Docketed, or original indictment, instead of holding him on the newest indictment in the system," Howard said in a statement.
Fulton County Jail spokeswoman Tracy Flanagan said the staff did nothing wrong.
In a statement, Flanagan wrote: "Fulton County Jail staff never received documents indicating that Mr. Jones' case was re-indicted. Jail staff released Mr. Jones based upon court orders."
Westbrook's sister, who spoke off camera, said the family had been hearing rumors Jones was out but didn't believe them because his mugshot was still listed on the jail's website.
"I've gotten a couple calls letting us know they thought they'd seen him out but we were for sure he was still in jail. He's out walking and my brother will never walk this earth again," she said.
A U.S. Marshals fugitive task force spent has been searching for Jones. He faces several charges including murder and felony murder.
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