Accused killer mistakenly released from state custody

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Garrett Glover, 29, was accidentally set free from state custody on Friday. (WLS)

A manhunt was underway Monday for an accused killer mistakenly released from state custody.

Garrett Glover, 29, was set free when he should have been held in custody in lieu of $2 million bond.

Now, he is the target of a citywide manhunt as Cook County officials try to figure out how the screw-up happened. He is considered dangerous and Cook County Sheriff's officials told the I-Team the search is "all hands on deck."

Cook County authorities discovered the mistake Monday morning when they went to the address he had provide on his parole record, but he wasn't there.

Glover is accused in the 2012 Dan Ryan Expressway shooting that resulted in the death of motorist Larry Porter, 25, who had just become a father that day.

"It's crazy because when the baby grows up, he's gonna have to say, 'My daddy died the same day I was born,'" said Robert Staples, a friend of Porter's.

Glover was being held at the Cook County Jail for the past two years for attempted armed robbery that were separate from the expressway shooting charges.

Last Thursday in a county courtroom, Glover was sentenced for the attempt armed robbery.

On Friday, he was transported to Stateville prison in Joliet, where authorities determined he had already served enough time to be eligible for parole and he was released.

The South Side man should have been taken back into custody by Cook County and held in the expressway murder case even though he had satisfied his sentence for the unrelated armed robbery.

Cook County officials said Monday that they are trying to figure out where the breakdown in communication occurred resulting in Glover's release.

A statement late Monday from Illinois Department of Corrections officials said they "did not receive any additional documentation or information indicating he should be held beyond his February 24, 2017 release date."

Glover is supposed to be in court April 4 for a hearing in the murder case.

Glover's gradmother and grandfather, who live on Chicago's South Side, told ABC 7 Eyewitness News they have not been in touch with him since before he originally went to jail.

Authorities reminded the public that aiding a fugitive is a felony, punishable by 1-3 years in prison.

Anyone with information about Glover's whereabouts should immediately contact the Cook County Sheriff's Command Center at 773-674-0169.
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