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Lawmaker Blasts Baltimore Murder Suspect's Release

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BALTIMORE (AP)- A Maryland lawmaker is calling for an independent criminal investigation into the accidental release of a man awaiting murder charges from a Baltimore prison.

Thirty-year-year-old Rodriquez Purnell was released Friday from the Maryland Reception, Diagnostic and Classification Center. He remains free.

Corrections officials did not release details of how the accidental release happened but say they didn't realize it until Sunday.

Delegate John Cluster, a Baltimore County Republican and former police officer, on Tuesday questioned why corrections officials didn't realize Purnell had been freed earlier, noting that prison protocol is to conduct a nightly head count to account for all inmates.

He says Maryland State Police should investigate the release to determine if criminal charges are appropriate.

Purnell is charged with killing 27-year-old Terrance Rheubottom in Baltimore last March.

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