Murder Suspect in Custody Again After Mistaken Release

Clerical error resulted in suspect’s release on bond

Tuesday, Nov 29, 2011  |  Updated 5:16 PM EDT
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A murder suspect mistakenly released on bond earlier this month turned himself in at the courthouse in Upper Marlboro, Md., Tuesday morning.

Frederick Scott, 24, of Chillum, is suspected in the March 4 slaying of Phillip Watson. Initially, Scott was held without bond but later was released on $75,000 bond.

The judge who issued the bench warrant for Scott after the mistake said the bond was approved for a defendant in another case. That defendant’s paperwork got mixed up with Scott’s.

Scott’s being held on $500,000 bond, according to his attorney, Thomas Mooney.

Scott was arrested May 5 in Las Vegas after a two-month manhunt. He was extradited to Prince George’s County to stand trial.

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