NEWPORT NEWS -- An accused killer was released from the Newport News jail by mistake on Oct. 9 and officials claim it was a break in communication and paperwork problems.
Eric Nixon, now 18, is accused of killing a teen this past summer outside the Hampton carnival.
Nixon was incarcerated at the Newport News Juvenile Detention Center that serves both that city and Hampton when he was 17.
When Nixon turned 18, a Newport News judge ordered him transferred to the city jail, but without paperwork explaining the transfer and reportedly with no answers following phone calls to Hampton for guidance, the jail released him.
Nixon's mother took him back to the Hampton Police Department, which after some checking took him into custody.
"We had to have the orders to take him into our custody," said Hampton City Jail administrator Steve Rich. " I think we have to communicate in these situations."