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Va. slaying suspect mistakenly freed from jail

Tuesday - 10/22/2013, 12:40pm  ET

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) -- A slaying suspect mistakenly released from the Newport News City Jail says he told deputies that he wasn't supposed to be freed.

A judge ordered Eric Nixon's release on a misdemeanor assault charge on Oct. 9. Nixon tells WAVY-TV ( ) that he told the deputies he also faces a murder charge in Hampton.

Nixon was 17 when he was charged in Hampton this summer. He was held at a juvenile facility in Newport News until he turned 18 in September and a judge ordered his transfer to the Hampton jail.

Media outlets say the Hampton jail wouldn't accept Nixon because of a paperwork problem.

Nixon was taken to the Newport News Jail instead because of the assault charge.

Nixon's mother returned him to Hampton authorities after he was released.


Information from: WAVY-TV,

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