- Associated Press - Friday, March 11, 2016

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Authorities are searching for a man charged in a Kansas City-area homicide after he was mistakenly released from jail.

Malcolm Johnson, 26, was released Feb. 17 from the Jackson County Detention Center, The Kansas City Star (https://bit.ly/1XhLpvy) reports. He was being held on second-degree murder and armed criminal actions charges in the October 2014 shooting death of 22-year-old Monteario Hogan in Raytown.

His release came one day after Jackson County prosecutors dismissed the charges and refiled them in a procedural action.

Prosecutor’s office spokesman Michael Mansur said the office received notice of Johnson’s release on March 3 but did not know why he was released.

Johnson was charged a month after the shooting. According to court records, witnesses saw Johnson shoot Hogan behind a Family Dollar store. Hogan died of a gunshot wound to the head.

The Jackson County Department of Corrections officials said in a statement they are aware of the release and are working with law enforcement on the issue.

“Charges for that inmate were dropped and a new warrant was issued. Our internal investigation on the matter is ongoing and disciplinary action may follow. We are updating our procedures to add additional checks for the release of certain inmates,” officials said in the statement.

Raytown police on Thursday distributed Johnson’s photo to the public and asked that anyone with information contact the police department.


Information from: The Kansas City Star, https://www.kcstar.com

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