MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Authorities told FOX10 an accused murderer was allowed to bond out of jail because of a computer error.
The Mobile County District Attorney's Office said Scott Jones had an easy out when he posted corporate surety bonds, and left Mobile Metro Jail with a murder charge hanging over his head in April.
"We did not feel that the defendant should be allowed to take advantage of a computer error and exploit in his own terms - what he called a glitch," said Assistant District Attorney Jill Phillips.
Phillips asked Judge Rick Stout on June 6 to put Jones back in jail.
She said a judge originally set a $100,000 bond to be paid in cash for Jones' murder charge, but for some reason the system showed he could post it other ways.
Phillips said Jones knew about the error based on jail phone calls.
"The last conversation that he had was with his mother and they both acknowledged that there was in fact a glitch in the system to their advantage, and that they were going to make the bonds," she said.
Jones is accused of brutally beating Lawrence Hutson to death and attempting to kill Elizabeth Duggin.
Authorities said the elderly pair was at their home in Coden when Jones and Anthony Parker broke in and beat them in 2010.
Jones' attorney said his client has no serious criminal record and believes other methods can be taken to monitor his activity.
The District Attorney's Office, however, is asking Judge Rick Stout to correct the error.
"The defendant is living in a motel now and we did not consider that strong ties to the community," said Phillips.
Judge Stout said he would make a decision Thursday, June 13.
Jones, who authorities said lived near the victims, had just been indicted back in December and was located in Missouri.
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