Friday, 30 October 2015

Prison worker TURNED AWAY a Murder suspect who wants to surrender

A prison worker is under investigation after turning away a murder suspect who was trying to surrender, officials said.

Hugo Castro, 28, walked into the jail in San Francisco on Monday and told a member of staff he wanted to turn himself in.

The assistant could not find any outstanding warrants or records for Castro, who then asked to speak to a correctional deputy privately at Santa Clara County jail.

Castro slid the deputy a note saying he knew the location of a dead body in San Jose.

Instead of detaining him, the deputy told Castro to walk to the San Jose Police Department and tell them about it, Sheriff Laurie Smith said.

Castro ultimately followed instructions and told police the location of the corpse.

Later that morning, police discovered the body of an adult woman, who formerly dated Castro, stabbed to death in a downtown San Jose condominium.

In a statement, Smith said: "If the initial findings are true, then the Custody Deputy failed to meet the expectations of the department and we'll take appropriate action to deal with the deputy."

Smith said the deputy has been reassigned pending the outcome of the investigation.

Castro is now being held without bail at the same jail where he first tried to turn himself in.

The Santa Clara County main jail is already under fire after three corrections deputies were charged with murder in connection with the fatal beating of a mentally ill inmate in August.

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