Miscommunication leads to release of murder parolee after arrest in Dunklin Co., Mo.

Miscommunication leads to release of murder parolee after arrest in Dunklin Co., Mo.
Steve Bowen was released in the Dunklin County Justice Center after a miscommunication. (Source: Dunklin County Justice Center)

DUNKLIN COUNTY, Mo. (KFVS) - A man with a prior murder conviction and a previously convicted woman were arrest on drug and firearm charges in Dunklin County, Mo.

According to the Dunklin County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Steve Bowen, 54 and Carrie Ann Wimberley, 39, both of Arbyrd, Mo. were charged with delivery of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, and unlawful use of a weapon on Tuesday, Nov. 5.

Dunklin County Justice Center officials said Bowen was released from the facility Tuesday night.

Sheriff Bob Holder said this was due to a miscommunication between dispatch and jail workers.

Officials with the jail did not know Bowen has a warrant for his arrest. He was released before this warrant was served.

This comes after a search warrant on Nov. 4 revealed six baggies of methamphetamine. Bowen admitted to selling the drugs.

Officers also found a handgun at the home.

The search warrant was served as a part of an investigation by the Southeast Missouri Drug Task Force, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, and the Dunklin County Sheriff’s Office.

Bowen was a prohibited possessor after being paroled for a 1991 murder and a 2016 felony drug case.

Wimberley is on parole for a 2013 drug delivery.

Bowen is being held on a $70,000 cash-only bond and Wimberley is being held on a $60,000 cash-only bond.

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