A 19-year-old man accused of murder was allowed to walk free in a snafu that local jail authorities say is under review.
R.C. Moore is back behind bars, but not before extra police protection had to be assigned to a nervous witness who has previously received death threats.
Moore was arrested on Jan. 4 as a suspect in the death of Michael Gant, who was gunned down after he left a Kansas City library. Mortally wounded, he made it to his backyard, where he died.
Moore was just 15 years old at the time. Because of that, he was originally booked into the Jackson County Family Justice Center. Due to his current age, he was then to be transferred to the Jackson County Jail after he was booked in the juvenile facility.
The officers who transported Moore thought he was just wanted on outstanding warrants, resisting arrest and a traffic violation. That's because the juvenile system has a separate system and the police only ran him through the adult system.
As a result, the officers took Moore to the city jail rather than the county jail. After Moore posted a $300 bond, he left the municipal jail.
Once family court authorities learned last week about the release, they issued a warrant and the frantic search to locate Moore began. After three days, Moore was taken back into custody.
The slaying had witnesses scared, and one of those witnesses had to receive around-the-clock police protection until Moore was back in custody.
Jordan Jackson will never forget Gant's last moments. He heard the gunshots and ran to his aid as the blood was seeping out of the young man's body.
"I was holding his head as she was giving him CPR and doing everything she could and it just wasn't working," Jackson recalled Monday.
He said it's upsetting to think that it took so long for an arrest to be made then Moore to get freedom again so quickly.
"I don't see how a document mishap could cause that. I mean it's a killer out on the loose," he said.
Kansas City police and juvenile authorities say they will together to determine what went wrong and how they can fix it. Moore is still charged in juvenile court even though he's in the county jail. Authorities will determine whether he should face charges in adult court.
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