From NBC Miami
A convicted attempted murderer mistakenly released from Miami-Dade County Jail was back in custody Tuesday evening after he was recognized at a local hospital.
Opa Locka resident Dexter A. Davis was convicted Monday of stabbing his ex-girlfriend 15 times with a foot-long butcher knife then released by accident Tuesday morning, setting off a multi-agency search by local and federal officials.
Miami police spokesman Willie Moreno said the 36-year-old was at a hospital for an unknown reason when someone recognized him and called police.
Davis surrendered without incident when confronted by officers and is already back in jail, Moreno said. His new inmate record now lists a charge of “escape” next to the words “NO BOND.”
A judge had ordered that Davis be held without bond while awaiting his sentencing in December. But a corrections employee, apparently confused by a sentence of time served on a less serious misdemeanor charge, released Davis at 9:35 a.m. Tuesday morning.
His freedom was granted despite hours-old convictions for attempted pre-meditated murder, armed burglary and assault, and two counts of child abuse.
“Miami-Dade Corrections has initiated an internal investigation as to how Dexter Davis was released,” said Corrections spokesperson Janelle Hall Tuesday afternoon. “Comments will not be made until after the investigation is complete.”
Davis was initially arrested in 2009 by Opa Locka police after allegedly stabbing his former girlfriend 15 times in the apartment she shared with her children.
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