Inmate Mistakenly Released

Inmate Mistakenly Released
By: CJ Cassidy

Charleston, MO -From deadly shootings to a citizen vigil to take back the s treets, people in Charleston are dealing with a good amount of bad news recently.

Now Mississippi County jailers recover from the latest controversy. The mistaken release of a suspected gunman, previously accused of murder.

T

he
S
heriff blames
A
ntoine
A
tchison's release on clerical errors and a lack of communication between the county circuit clerk's office and the detention center.

M
eanwhile, the prosecutor says the whole ordeal might never have happened if witnesses in
C
harleston would just stand up against the violence
. L
iterally
,
take the stand and testify.

"H
e had himself a little furlough
. He
just went out with friends and family he ran around some
," Sheriff Keith Moore says.

A
tchison's back behind bars
,
and
M
oore agrees he should never have been running free in the first place.

P
rosecutor
D
arren
C
ann explains where the confusion came in
.
M
urder charges against atchison were dismissed earlier this week
,
in the shooting death of
C
hance
K
itchen back in 2004.

"It's the s
econd time the key witness did not show up.
W
ithout him
there was
simply no evidence to link
A
ntoine to the actual shooting so it was discharged
," Cann says.

B
ut
A
tchison faces more charges for an alleged shooting in
a
housing project two years ago.

"S
o we've got two counts of assault
in the
first
degree, two
counts of armed criminal action,
two
counts of unlawful use of a weapon
," Cann points out.

T
hat's why
S
heriff
M
oore says he reacted so quickly to get
A
tchison off the streets.

"I
talked to the m
omma
and told her it was
best for him to turn himself in
and
it worked out
," Moore says.

N
ow following what they refer to as a close call other folks admit a change of attitude may be just what th
e
city needs.

"W
e all do need to step up a little bit try to keep our kids we have too many children innocent bystanders getting hurt too
," Rob Gary, a Charleston says.

"I
f
I
see anything
I
'm telling so
I
don't know why they do that
," another resident, Janis Owen says.

P
rosecutor
C
ann agrees it takes willing witnesses for the justice system to work.

"I
f the kew witness would've come forward there would be no question
," Cann says.

S

heriff
M
oore says he plans on making sure he resolves communication issues between the jail and circuit clerks' office.

On a separate note, Charleston Police still have no suspects in connection with the recent shootings there, and ask you to call them if you have any information, you think might help them make a case.