WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A detainee from Hillsborough County was released over coronavirus crisis, only to be involved a day after in the killing of another man.
- Florida state judge gave authorizations to local sheriffs to release prisoners charged with low level and non-violent crimes to help curb the spread of coronavirus inside the jail facilities.
- The detainee was arrested and detained Tuesday night without bond conditions.
Police authorities said on Tuesday that a Florida inmate was indicted for murdering a man, just a day after getting out of jail over the spread of coronavirus infection in the facilities.
The 26-year-old inmate from Tampa, Edward Williams, was detained Monday following the charges of gun possession, second-degree murder, drug and paraphernalia possession, and violently resisting an officer, as reported by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
According to recent jail records, Williams stayed under arrest, with no bond on Tuesday night. It was only last month when Williams was set free because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jail records further indicated that Williams was only imprisoned for six days after being detained under charges such as third-degree felony, suspicion of heroin and drug paraphernalia possession, and a misdemeanor.
The inmate was temporarily released under the authorization given by the state judge to the local sheriff to let out any provisional detainee jailed for either a municipal or county ordinance infraction, a criminal traffic offense, third-degree felony offense, and a misdemeanor offense.
In a statement, the sheriff’s department said that the directive was implemented as their response to minimize the risk of COVID-19 spreading within the jail facility of Hillsborough County.
The order was intended to protect the prisoners, officers, and civilian workers of the facilities as well.
Meanwhile, a man was reportedly shot to death in Progress Village community on March 20, and officials over the sheriff’s department said Williams allegedly had an involvement in the killing.
The sheriff’s department also admitted that Williams also had the option to post a $2,500 bond from his earlier offenses had he decided to so.
Chronister also said that county judges, public prosecutors, and sheriffs are facing challenges and making hard decisions amidst the COVID-19 health crisis when it comes to dealing with public safety and health.
The county sheriff also noted that deputies in Florida and across the nation had freed low-level, and non-violent lawbreakers to curb the effects of the outbreak in the jail population.
WFLA-News Channel of Tampa, an NBC News affiliate, reported the sheriff’s department had around 164 non-violent, and low-level lawbreakers released amidst the coronavirus crisis.