Police Accidentally Release Murder Suspect, Realize Mistake a Day Later

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County authorities say they’ve accidentally released an inmate awaiting trial for a gang-related murder.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office said Monday that 37-year-old Steven Lawrence Wright was mistakenly released from the Inmate Reception Center on Saturday.

The sheriff’s department says it became aware of Wright’s release more than 24 hours later on Sunday night.

The department says it immediately began coordinating resources with Pasadena Police and formed a task force dedicated to tracking Wright down. The department says it also will conduct a review to prevent future accidental inmate releases.

Wright had been behind bars since April 2011 following his arrest for the gang-related shooting death of a 47-year-old man that same year in Pasadena. At the time police said Wright belonged to the Altadena Block Crips.

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