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Murder Suspect Turns Himself In One Day After Accidental Release

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NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) – An East Orange man on trial for murder is back in court in Newark, one day after he was mistakenly released from custody.

Ishmael Scott is on trial along with two alleged accomplices for the 2010 killing of Hope Williams stemming from a shootout at a barbecue in Newark.

“Now that the inmate is back in custody, our internal affairs will focus on investigating what happened, the release. And if there was any culpability, that person will be disciplined. We’re taking this very serious and we’re going to find out what happened and how to improve it,” Essex County Chief of Staff Philip Alagia told WCBS 880.

Essex County authorities say Scott was released Tuesday from the Essex County lockup due to a mix-up.

“He was released on Tuesday sometime in the morning and he surrendered with his attorney this morning. He surrendered at the Essex County Courthouse. The Essex County internal affairs from our corrections department were there, as were the sheriffs. So he actually appeared for court this morning,” Alagia told WCBS 880.

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