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Murder suspect mistakenly released from Florida jail arrested in Georgia

Eric Vail is accused in the drive-by shooting of a 27-year-old man in October. He was arrested in January and mistakenly released in May.
Credit: Broward County Sheriff's Office

A murder suspect mistakenly released from jail last month has been arrested in Georgia.

The Broward Sheriff's Office said Eric Vail was arrested Wednesday evening in Jesup, Georgia. 

Sheriff's officials said in June they had mistakenly released Vail at the end of May. A statement said officials had received "unequivocal direction" from the state attorney's office that the second-degree murder charge against Vail was dismissed. They said they didn't have any indication that he was to be held on a first-degree murder charge after being indicted in the same case by a grand jury in April.

So, he was released.

The state attorney's office said sheriff's officials should have known about the charge because they took Vail to court on the upgraded charge.

Vail is the accused shooter in a drive-by shooting of a 27-year-old man in October. He was arrested in January.

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