Raytown police looking for murder suspect released from custody by mistake

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RAYTOWN, Mo. -- A man wanted for a 2014 murder in Raytown, Mo., is no longer in custody because he was released from the Jackson County Detention Center by mistake. Now the Raytown Police Department is asking the public for information on the whereabouts of Malcolm D. Johnson.

Johnson, 26, is charged with second degree murder and armed criminal action related to a fatal shooting that happened on October 24, 2014 in the 5200 block of Blue Ridge Boulevard. The man he's accused of shooting is 22-year-old Monteario Hogan.

Malcolm D. Johnson is wanted for second-degree murder in Jackson County for a 2014 fatal shooting in Raytown.

Malcolm D. Johnson is wanted for second-degree murder in Jackson County for a 2014 fatal shooting in Raytown.

The Jackson County prosecutor's office doesn't yet know how or why he was released when he should have remained in custody. The prosecutor's office says it was notified on March 3 that Johnson had been released on Feb. 17.

The Jackson County Detention Center says the mistake happened because charges were dismissed and a new warrant filed. However, Mike Mansur, spokesperson for the Jackson County prosecutor's office says this is a 'red herring'. He says the charge was dismissed and a new charge filed within minutes of each other on Feb. 16, more than 30 hours before Johnson was released.

Mansur says Johnson should have remained behind bars.

Anyone with information that will assist police with Johnson's apprehension is urged to call the department at (816) 737-6020 or the TIPS Hotline at (816) 474-TIPS.