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Wake murder suspect mistakenly released in Bertie County

Posted April 6, 2010 10:47 a.m. EDT
Updated April 6, 2010 5:36 p.m. EDT

— The Wake County Sheriff's Office is requesting the public's assistance in finding William Otis Bryant Jr., also known as "Jabo," who was mistakenly released from Bertie Correctional Institution.

"He was released from Bertie Correctional on April 2 but should have been released to the custody of the Wake County Sheriff's Office," sheriff's officials said Tuesday.

Bryant is wanted for first-degree murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

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

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

Deputies arrested Bryant and his brother, Eric Reney Bryant, 39, in February and charged them with first-degree murder in the 1999 death of Anthony Jaboin.

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

Anyone with information about Bryant's whereabouts should call the Wake County Sheriff's Office at 919-856-6911.