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Murder suspect surrenders after being mistakenly released

Posted April 8, 2010

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— A suspect in the 1999 slaying of a cab driver in Apex surrendered to authorities Thursday, six days after he was mistakenly released from Bertie County Correctional Institute.

William Otis Bryant Jr. was charged in February with first-degree murder in the 1999 death of Anthony Jaboin. At the time he was charged, Bryant was serving time for a 2009 conviction for selling drugs.

On April 2, he completed his sentence and was freed. However, he should have been turned over to the Wake County Sheriff's Office to be held while awaiting trial on the murder charges, according to state Department of Correction spokesman Keith Acree.

Bryant agreed to surrender after a call from his parents, said Phyllis Stephens, a spokeswoman for the sheriff's office. He was arrested at their Apex house shortly after 11 a.m. Thursday.

Acree said that the Department of Correction never received a detainer from any agency seeking custody of Bryant for the pending murder charge in Wake County. Other detainers for misdemeanor charges were verified as dismissed before Bryant was released, Acree said.

The department is investigating the circumstances of Bryant's release, and appropriate disciplinary action will be taken if procedures were not followed, he said.

Bryant's brother, Eric Reney Bryant, 39, is also charged in Jaboin's murder. He is being held in the Wake County Jail.

Jaboin, a cab driver, was shot in the parking lot of West Lake Elementary School, at 4499 West Lake Road, on Sept. 11, 1999. A woman passing the school heard a gunshot and reported it to police.


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  • bonnnie Apr 9, 2010

    Whatever his reason were for turning himself in just be glad he did.

  • jcd241959 Apr 8, 2010

    This is the problem with government workers! Plenty of competent workers are looking jobs. These incompetent fools are locked into their jobs however!

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Apr 8, 2010

    Our incompetent government at work.

    The scary thing is these are the people that the liberals want running our healthcare.

  • NoFreakinWay Apr 8, 2010

    could he at least bring some rain with him before he turns himself in? Rain once again is blowing apart before it nears us.
    No rain and no criminals, what a town!

  • drh3102 Apr 8, 2010

    Hello Left hand, this is the Right hand, what are you doing over there?

  • oftenbad Apr 8, 2010

    Go read the N&O's article. They actually got it right! He didn't just wake up this morning and decide to turn himself in. The pressure the US Marshals and WCSO put on family and friends made him turn himself in.

  • donnaferguson Apr 8, 2010

    Thank Goodness his parents were able to convince him to 'surrender.' After having their home searched, I'm sure some fear must have been instilled into them. At least he is off the streets, and the situation is resolved.

  • dvldog Apr 8, 2010

    agree, someone[or several]from DOC need to be locked up instead of this man

    You are kidding right? A man arrested for murder or state employees? I see why our justice system is so screwed up if this is the attitude of the public.

  • G-man Apr 8, 2010

    Hey, WCNC, FYI the DA's rarely file the paperwork os it's no surprise there. The Sheriff's Office has nothing to do with it in the first place and had the detainer been filed a seperate section would have been responsible for entering it in the records, not someone at Bertie so you can't just as you say cover it up.

  • Tarheelfan13 Apr 8, 2010

    Maybe it is possible that the DOC for some reason never received the detainer request.