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Nashville murder suspect turns himself in after being accidentally released from jail

2019-09-05

Roberto Josue Viera-Aybar was charged with first-degree murder last year. (Metropolitan Nashville Police Department)

A man accused of murder is back behind bars after he was released from a Nashville jail due to a clerical error.

Roberto Josue Viera-Aybar, 26, was arrested in June 2018 from the first-degree murder of a friend the year earlier, but was released in late August after a sheriff’s office employee accidentally combined his murder charge with several probation violation charges, according to the Tennessean. When Viera Aybar’s probation violations sentence was up on Friday, the in-house system didn’t register the murder charge and he was released.

Viera-Aybar surrendered Wednesday and was taken into custody and rebooked into the Davidson County Jail’s Hill Detention Center, Nashville police announced.

Sheriff Daron Hall told the Tennessean that the employee who inadvertently altered Viera-Aybar’s records is facing disciplinary action.

“There is no excuse for a mistake such as this. Although the work of calculating thousands of sentences annually – is high volume and can be extremely complicated – we cannot become careless,” Hall said. “We are relieved he is back in custody, without incident, and are committed to doing everything possible to see this doesn’t happen again.”

Viera-Aybar and two others were arrested in 2018 for the murder of Luis Antonio Lopez, who was found dead and partially burned in January 2017 in the Georgia woods. Viera-Aybar, Hector J. Ruiz and Kevin Isaza Palacio allegedly killed Lopez in Davidson County, Tennessee, then moved the corpse to Georgia.