Convicted killer freed, back in prison

NASHVILLE, May 3 (UPI) -- A convicted murderer inadvertently released from a Tennessee prison in April was apprehended Saturday in Atlanta, authorities said.

Edgar Bailey Jr., 35, was released April 22 from the South Central Correctional Facility in Clifton, Tenn., as a result of a clerical error, said Tennessee Corrections Department spokeswoman Dorinda Carter. Prison officials caught the mistake one week later and added Bailey to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's 10 Most Wanted List, The (Nashville) Tennessean reported Saturday.


Carter said Bailey -- a native of Alpharetta, Ga. -- had been set free due to confusion about a court ruling.

Bailey was imprisoned for premeditated murder and felony murder in the 2001 death of Anthony McAfee in Chattanooga, Tenn. The premeditated murder conviction was overturned on appeal but Bailey still faced life in prison on the felony murder charge, the newspaper said.

"Somewhere in this decision it looks like we may have overlooked the fact that the other count of murder was affirmed," Carter said. "We made a mistake in calculating the sentence and understanding the court's order."

Tennessee corrections officials said in a news release that Bailey was apprehended at this father's house in George Saturday morning.


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