California authorities on Thursday arrested an Abbeville man who had been mistakenly released from a Louisiana jail while awaiting trial on a first-degree murder charge.
FBI task force agents located and arrested Derrick Demond Mitchell, 24, in Stockton, California, a city about 50 miles south of Sacramento, according to an FBI news release. He’s accused of first-degree murder in the Dec. 20, 2012, killing of 25-year-old Darrell Broussard Jr.
Tensas Parish jailers released Mitchell from jail on March 1 after he completed an unrelated sentence for drug and battery charges, according to KATC-TV. Before that, Mitchell had been transferred to the Tensas Parish jail from the one in Avoyelles Parish, likely because of inmate overcrowding.
“The new facility he was at was not aware that he was wanted for first-degree murder. When his (unrelated sentence) was complete, he was released,” Abbeville Detective Leland Laseter told KATC-TV.
Mitchell also faces federal criminal charges of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.
Mitchell is accused of forcing his way into Broussard’s home and shooting him several times in the head, the FBI news release states.
He’s being held at the San Joaquin County jail, according to booking records. He’ll be extradited to Louisiana for trial in the killing, along with counts of aggravated burglary, illegal possession of stolen things and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.