Chicago Police Hunting Alleged Killer, but There's a Twist

Garrett Glover was mistakenly released from prison
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 28, 2017 5:33 AM CST
Alleged Killer Mistakenly Freed in Chicago After Court Mix-Up
Garrett Glover.   (Illinois Department of Corrections)

Chicago police are on the hunt for another alleged killer, the twist this time being that they can blame the court system's red tape. Garrett Glover, 29, had been in custody, but he was released last week because of an apparent communication gaffe, reports WGN. Glover is charged in a 2012 fatal shooting, and he's supposed to be in prison on a $2 million bond until the trial. He caught a break on Thursday, however, when he appeared in court in an unrelated case, explains the Chicago Tribune. He'd been in prison since 2014 for attempted armed robbery, and he was granted early release in that case because of time served. At that point, he should have been shuttled back to prison because he still faced the murder charges, but the court never received word.

The state Department of Corrections says that because it never got "documentation indicating Mr. Glover should have been retained or sent back to Cook County custody, the IDOC, by law, had to release him." The Cook County Sheriff's Office says it is trying to figure out how the mix-up happened. Glover and two other men are accused of shooting 25-year-old Larry Porter in 2012 from their vehicle as he drove on the Dan Ryan Expressway. ABC7 notes that Porter had just become a father earlier that day. "It's crazy because when the baby grows up, he's gonna have to say, 'My daddy died the same day I was born,'" a family friend tells the TV station. (The city just recorded seven murders in one day, which drew the attention of President Trump.)

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