A man charged with murder and “other violent felonies” was released from the Mecklenburg jail on Thursday following what the Sheriff’s Office has called a clerical error.
In a statement on Friday, Sheriff Garry McFadden said his deputies and other law enforcement officers were “working diligently” to locate the suspect, Jaylan Noah Davis.
Davis, 25, was arrested on Nov. 30 and charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of 42-year-old Arthur Mikulski in southwest Charlotte. The authorities also charged Davis with possession of a firearm by a felon and with shooting into an occupied property.
On Friday, “escape from local jail – awaiting trial” was added to Davis’ list of charges after he was allowed to walk free.
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The Mecklenburg District Attorney’s Office notified the Sheriff’s Office of the erroneous release.
The Sheriff’s Office attributed the improper release to “an erroneous court order,” indicating that the charges against Davis had been dropped.
“The charges, however, were not dismissed, and the court order appears to be a clerical error,” the Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.
“This is an unfortunate situation, but one we hope to rectify as quickly as possible,” McFadden said.
The Sheriff’s Office said Davis should be considered dangerous and advised the public to call 911 if he is seen.
Jail records indicate that Davis has been arrested at least five times since 2021.