Burke County Murder Suspect Mistakenly Released From Richmond County Jail

Mug shot photo of Terrance Brown, who is wanted for Murder in Burke County. He was mistakenly released from the Richmond County Jail on Halloween after giving officers a false name. (Courtesy: Richmond County Sheriff's Office)
Mug shot photo of Terrance Brown, who is wanted for Murder in Burke County. He was mistakenly released from the Richmond County Jail on Halloween after giving officers a false name. (Courtesy: Richmond County Sheriff's Office)

Augusta, GA – According to a release from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, a man who is wanted for Murder in Burke County was released from jail in Richmond County after giving jailers a false name.

According to the release, on Friday, October 30th a man identifying himself as Alphonso Bray was booked into the Richmond County Jail for a local charge of Disorderly Conduct. That charge does not require the suspect to be fingerprinted at the time of booking.

“Bray” was allowed to make bond on the charge and was bonded from the jail on a cash bond. As he was exiting the jail, on Halloween, he was required to submit to a fingerprint scan, the results of which came back identifying him as Terrance Brown, who is wanted in Burke County on a Grand Jury arrest warrant for Murder.

The Richmond County booking officers did not notice the discrepancy, and he was allowed to leave.

Brown’s photo reportedly appeared in a local paper under the “Alphonso Bray” alias and family members of the “real” Alphonso Bray identified Brown to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, which has initiated a review of the procedures and an internal investigation into the errant release.

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office has made contact with the Burke County Sheriff’s office and both agencies are actively seeking Brown.

We will continue to follow this developing story and provide more details as they become available.

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