Madison County inmate accidentally released from jail due to "clerical error"

Published: Feb. 16, 2016 at 10:35 PM CST|Updated: Mar. 15, 2016 at 9:57 PM CDT
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MADISON COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - A Madison County inmate was mistakenly released from jail and ended up staying out of jail for 24 hours.

Bradley Lamar Skinner is awaiting trial for domestic violence and burglary. He walked out of jail on February 10 even though he did not make bail or get released by the judge's order.

Skinner was arrested back in May. He's accused of going to his ex-mother-in-law's home and firing a shot at his ex-wife.

The woman returned fire, hitting Skinner. When Huntsville police arrived on the scene they saw the woman with the gun and shot her. Both survived and Skinner went from the hospital to jail.

The Madison County jail says they were just following orders when they released Bradley Lamar Skinner. The jail said Circuit Clerk Jane Smith authorized his release. Smith didn't have a comment for us and assured us Skinner is back in jail now.

Maggie Wallace with the District Attorney's Office said this was a clerical error and that the victim was informed of the situation as soon as it was brought to the DA's attention. Skinner's attorney, James Foley, also declined to comment.

Here's what we've found in court records:

Skinner's attorney filed a motion to dismiss the charges on February 6. The judge denied that request on February 8 and Skinner was released on the 10.

Then the judge issued an order for his immediate arrest on the 11. That order stating Skinner's order of release was entered in error. Skinner returned to the Madison County jail on February 12.

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