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Murder suspect accidentally released from jail

Terrance Moore (Source: LMDC) Terrance Moore (Source: LMDC)
Tyrone Booker (Source: Facebook) Tyrone Booker (Source: Facebook)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A murder suspect was accidentally released from jail because of a mix-up in paperwork, according to Pike County Detention Center officials.

The murder victim, Tyrone Booker, was one of the teenagers who became known as part of the "misidentified four.” The four teens were arrested and later sued the city and won after claiming they were profiled.

Now, a bench warrant has been issued for the murder suspect, Terrance Moore. Moore was facing a murder charge after investigators said he shot and killed Booker on March 27, 2016. He was being held in prison on a previous robbery charge while awaiting trial for Booker's death.

Moore was transferred to the Taylor County Jail, then to the Pike County Detention Center on Sept. 19 - and on Sept. 30 he was released from there, the prison confirmed.

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"I'm horrified," Booker's aunt, Cheri Allen, said. "Very upset, I'm livid."

Allen feels like she is still in the dark about how Moore was able to walk out of prison without even posting bond.

"You catch the guys, and that was a sigh of relief, but you let him go? That hurts," she said.

Johnny Cooper, the lieutenant in charge at the Pike County Detention Center, said the order of release came from the Department of Corrections and that the only charge they saw on him was for robbery in the first degree.

"He was simply sent here with a charge of robbery first," Cooper said. "The Department of Corrections sent us a notice of discharge for that charge so, by our system he was ready to go."

By the time the DOC contacted the prison to let them know about the mistake, Cooper said, Moore was already gone. On Monday Moore did not show up for his scheduled hearing.

"I was really surprised today that my client had been released and what it does is set me back again. In the meanwhile, we don't know when he's going to avail himself to court and how to proceed," Moore's attorney said in court.

The DOC gave us the following statement, "Due to a procedural error that is being corrected by Department of Corrections offender information staff, the DOC did not recognize that a detainer was needed. There are checks and balances at the local level that should have prevented Moore’s release."

To Allen, it's too little, too late.

"I want no other family to go through what we went through, nobody. This is the worst pain ever," she said.

Terrance Moore's brother, Kentrey Moore, is also facing a murder charge in Booker's death. He is still in custody and is being held in the Louisville Metro Department of Corrections.

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