Sheriff: Murder Suspect Sent Away While Trying to Surrender

29 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Accused killer trying to surrender brushed off at South Bay jail.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California deputy was being investigated Thursday after sending away a murder suspect who was trying to surrender — the latest black mark for the troubled jail in Santa Clara County that will be reviewed by a new commission over an in-custody death. A California man went to a local jail and tried to turn himself in for killing his former girlfriend — but was turned away and told to surrender to the police instead. The dismissive jail deputy has been reassigned, according to the Mercury, and the Sheriff’s Office has launched an internal investigation to find out why the officer would dismiss a man trying to admit a crime in the first place. “If the initial findings are true, then the Custody Deputy failed to meet the expectations of the department and we’ll take appropriate action to deal with the deputy,” Sheriff Laurie Smith said in a statement. The suspect, 28-year-old Hugo Castro, was eventually arrested on suspicion of murder after his ex-girlfriend’s body was discovered stabbed to death in a San Jose apartment Monday morning.

Police say they later found the body of Allesandra Alaine Barlas, 27, on a bed in a downtown San Jose loft apartment, exactly where Castro said it would be. The deputy, too, asked Castro if he had any outstanding warrants, Smith said, and Castro said no, but told the deputy that he wanted to wait to speak with him once people left the lobby area.

At some point, Castro passed a note to the custody assistant indicating he knew the location of a dead body, Smith wrote, but never said he was responsible for any crime, according to Smith. “The Correctional Deputy told Mr. Earlier this week, the Board of Supervisors called for the formation of the 25-member review commission after the death of inmate Michael Tyree at the county’s main jail in August. Shortly after the arrest of the deputies, Smith called Tyree’s death a “brutal murder” committed by individuals who had lost their “moral compass.” “This vile and cowardly act that took Mr.

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