A DC man accused of fatally shooting his teen girlfriend is on the lam after being accidentally released by Maryland authorities, according to reports.
Dekale Bowman, 18, was arrested Jan. 30 and charged with second-degree murder in the death of 16-year-old Taiyania Thompson.
He was due in court Friday but never showed up.
According to court records reviewed by Fox 5, Bowman was transferred Wednesday from the DC juvenile justice system to the Prince George County Department of Corrections in Maryland, where he faced charges involving a stolen car.
He was sprung on $2,600 bond the next day, NBC Washington reported.
An official from DC’s Youth Rehabilitation Services told the court Friday that Bowman never came back to their facility after he was released in Maryland.
A spokeswoman for the Prince George County Department of Corrections said that nothing in their system indicated that Bowman had any charges or warrants.
“There was nothing in the system that stated that Mr. Bowman should have been held in our facility. There’s no way we would have been able to hold him legally without a warrant,” Yolanda Smedley said.
The Prince George County State Attorney’s office is investigating, NBC reported.
On Saturday, DC police put out a warrant for Bowman’s arrest in connection with the teen’s slaying.
Previous court records reviewed by the Washington Post said Bowman told a witness the shooting of his high school sophomore girlfriend was an accident.
The girl was shot in the head while sitting on her living room couch and died at a hospital three days later. According to an affidavit, Bowman told the witness: “I love her. I did not mean to do it.”
He allegedly told the witness they were both fooling around with their guns and “that she had pointed hers at me and I pointed mine at her and pow, it just went off.”