Maryland corrections officials discover murder suspect was released by mistake

November 13, 1997|By Dennis O'Brien and Richard Irwin | Dennis O'Brien and Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

Maryland correctional officials have discovered that they mistakenly released a murder suspect -- the third inmate erroneously released since Oct. 7.

Larry George Owens, charged in the slaying of a Pimlico man in January, was discovered to be missing Tuesday when a city homicide investigator questioned correctional officials on his whereabouts. Owens, 24, of the 4100 block of Pimlico Road in Northwest Baltimore, is scheduled to go on trial tomorrow on the murder charge.

Officials are investigating how Owens was released from the Maryland Penitentiary on Sept. 30, said Leonard Sipes, a spokesman for the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services.

Sipes said that Owens was ordered held without bail Jan. 3 at the Central Booking and Intake Center on a first-degree murder charge. His first murder trial ended in a mistrial Aug. 21.

On Sept. 22, Owens was convicted and sentenced to a year in prison on a drug charge in an unrelated case, Sipes said. Four days later, he was transferred to the penitentiary.

After receiving credit for time served, he was released from the penitentiary by officials who were apparently unaware of the murder charge, Sipes said.

Rickey F. Alston Sr., 29, sentenced for drug and robbery convictions, was discovered to be missing Oct. 22, 11 days after his erroneous release from the penitentiary; and Bradrick Thomas Greene, 23, was erroneously released Oct. 7 from Central Booking when he was supposed to be held to continue a burglary sentence in Baltimore County.

Neither man's status could not be determined last night.

Pub Date: 11/13/97

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