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Mecklenburg County inmate released from jail by mistake has been returned to custody, officials confirm

Quay Davis was erroneously released from the Mecklenburg County jail on May 9. The sheriff's office became aware of the mistake on May 13.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Quay Davis was taken into custody on May 24 after being erroneously released on May 9, the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office confirms. 

“MCSO has expended time and resources attempting to locate Davis after he was mistakenly released from our custody,"  Sheriff Garry McFadden said in a statement. "I’m so thankful for the collaboration and assistance from the U.S. Marshals Service to return Mr. Davis to custody."  

An internal investigation remains underway in connection to the erroneous release.  

Original reporting continues below.


An inmate at the Mecklenburg County jail was erroneously released earlier this week, the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office announced. 

Quay Davis was being transported to Mecklenburg County on April 12 from the Bertie Correctional Institute on April 12 on a writ hold and immediately appeared in court. He was served with a warrant from Pasquotank County for possession of a weapon by a prisoner and received a $75,000 bond. 

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Davis' court information was entered incorrectly and he was erroneously released on May 9 after his possession of a weapon charge was voluntarily dismissed. The sheriff's office was notified about the error on May 13. 

Credit: Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office

"Our deputies are working diligently to return Mr. Davis into custody," Sheriff Garry McFadden said in a statement. "We will conduct a thorough internal investigation in connection to this erroneous release to determine any possible negligence or policy and procedure violations."

The sheriff's office hasn't released any further details at this time. 

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