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L.A. County jail mistakenly frees murder suspect after paperwork error

L.A. County jail mistakenly frees murder suspect after paperwork error

While the public was captivated over the weekend with the search and capture of the remaining prisoners who escaped from an Orange County jail last month, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department accidentally released a man suspected of murder.

Steve Lawrence Wright, 37, who is accused of a gang-related killing in Pasadena in 2011, was released from custody at the Inmate Reception Center on Saturday afternoon, an error that went unnoticed until Sunday night.

Wright had been in custody facing a murder charge. Last week, he was sentenced to five days in jail for a contempt of court conviction he garnered while awaiting trial, said Sheriff’s Department Cmdr....

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