Suspect released from jail early has violent criminal history - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Suspect released from jail early has violent criminal history

Bobby Barrett (SOURCE: SCSO) Bobby Barrett (SOURCE: SCSO)

Despite having an active warrant for attempted murder, Shelby County Sheriff's Office allowed a man to leave jail.

It happened Friday night at 201 Poplar. Bobby Barrett bonded out of jail for $250 dollars at 6:55 p.m. The only problem, Memphis Police Department had issued a warrant for his arrested at 4:16 p.m. the same day.

Barrett, 23, turned himself in Sunday night and told police he was innocent of the crimes he's being charged with. 

Barrett has a long criminal history. He's pleaded guilty to several domestic assaults against his ex-girlfriend. She is who MPD accuse Barrett of trying to murder in a drive-by shooting.

MPD said Barrett drove by Watson Road and opened fire into his ex-girlfriend's home as she and some family members stood outside the house.

The bullets hit the woman and sent her to the hospital, but she survived the attack. Although her brother said doctors told him the bullet was inches away from paralyzing her for life.

"This is the second time [he's tried] to kill her, this is just the first time he hit her," the victim's brother said. "The first time he shot at her in the car, and he barely missed her."

The victim's brother said Barrett has stalked his sister for years.

Barrett's criminal record shows he's had prior issues with his ex-girlfriend. In two different cases he pleaded guilty, but all told he spent 23 days in jail and paid $225 in fines.

"When he [gets] caught on little charges he gets little pats on the wrist--pats on the wrist--and he gets right out," the victim's brother said.

The victim's brother said he was irate when he learned that Barrett was released from jail early.

Shelby County Sheriff's Office said a miscommunication is to blame for Barrett's early release.

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