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LA murder suspect, freed by accident, recaptured in Mexico

Murder suspect Johnny Mata, who was accidentally released from a Los Angeles jail in April 2013, has been recaptured in Mexico
CBS Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES - Over a year after he was accidentally released from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, a murder suspect has been apprehended by authorities in Mexico, reports CBS Los Angeles.

Deputy Juanita Navarro-Suarez said 33-year-old Johnny Mata was recaptured Wednesday and placed back into the Los Angeles County jail system.

According to the station, a clerical error led to Mata's release from the department's Inmate Reception Center on April 3, 2013.

Mata was wanted for the Dec. 24, 2010, murder of 43-year-old David Deanda in Baldwin Park, the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department said. He is accused of walking up to a group in the park and firing multiple shots in what has been described as a gang-related shooting.

"Mata's release should not have occurred because a murder charge had been filed by the District Attorney and a processing clerk had not yet entered it as a 'hold' on inmate Mata," spokesperson Nicole Nishida told the station last May.

After officials determined that the suspect had fled to Mexico, American and Mexican authorities joined forces to track him down, the station reports.

CBS Los Angeles said that Mata is currently being held on roughly $2 million bail.