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Paperwork error allows attempted-murder suspect to leave jail early

Bobby Barrett (SOURCE: SCSO) Bobby Barrett (SOURCE: SCSO)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

A man wanted for attempted-murder turned himself in Sunday night.

Bobby Barrett was released from jail Friday night, roughly an hour after he posted bail.

Barrett, 23, was initially booked on a criminal trespass charge and was given a $250 bond. Less than an hour later, paperwork appeared linking Barrett to the attempted murder of his ex-girlfriend a week prior.

"They put it [the paperwork] into the computer. By the time they get it in there he's already gone. He was going out one door. Paperwork is coming in another door," Shelby County Sheriff's Office Earle Farrell said.

If the paperwork had been filed earlier, Farrell said Barrett would never have been let out of jail.

"Things like this happen," Farrell said. "There is no ultimate safeguard to prevent this because the world is in constant flux." 

Just after 8 Sunday night, Barrett arrived at 201 Poplar in the back of a police car. While a WMC Action News 5 camera was rolling, Barrett's friend said Barrett wanted to turn himself in so he would be safe and could clear his name.

“He called me about 5 o’clock this afternoon and said that he needed to turn himself in and that he was tired of running,” Kenny Lee said.

According to a police report, Barrett is accused of shooting his ex-girlfriend in the back on October 24. Another woman said Barrett shot up her house as a group of people, including the ex-girlfriend and a child, ran for cover.

Officers found a bullet inside a piece of cake in the house. One of the victims bit into the cake and found it.

The ex-girlfriend was taken to the hospital in critical condition. She has since been upgraded to non-critical condition.

Barrett claimed his innocence as officers escorted him into 201 Poplar.

“I just know I'm innocent,” Barrett said. “People lying and cheating, being deceitful. You'll hear from my lawyer. No further questions.”

“Certainly I'm glad he turned himself in in the way that we did it, because they had it armed and dangerous,” Lee said. 

Barrett was released from prison Friday for criminal trespassing at the Peppertree Apartments. Police said Barrett ran from officers the night before during a domestic investigation.

In the police report, officers said Barrett has a history of violence toward his ex-girlfriend. In July 2016, he pleaded guilty to domestic assault against her.

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