Woman Speaks on Ex's Accidental Jail Release

MIAMI (WSVN) -- A woman is still living in fear after the man who tried to kill her was accidentally released from jail, days after his recapture.

On Tuesday, the Miami-Dade County Jail accidentally released 36-year-old Dexter Davis from jail, one day after he was convicted of attempted murder.

Back in June 2009, Davis tried to kill his then-girlfriend, Robin Jones, inside her Opa-Locka apartment. Davis repeatedly stabbed Jones, nearly killing her.

"I just felt my body going weak, and I remember falling to the floor, and he walked over me and said he loved me and left out of the house, and when I looked over, and I looked down, there was blood everywhere," Jones recalled. "I remember calling my daughter and telling her that I needed her help, and she got up, and she just started crying."

On the morning of Davis' accidental release, the State Attorney's Office called Jones and informed her that her ex-boyfriend was released from jail. "How could this be? Where is he?" Jones wondered after she received the news.

According to Jones, the State Attorney's Office told her, "We have to think about your safety, because we don't know if he knows where you live."

Jones and her children immediately went into hiding. "Victims are scared enough to come and testify, and then, you tell them that the person that harmed them was accidentally released?" Jones asked, with tears in her eyes. "It doesn't make sense."

Police tracked down Davis 12 hours later, when someone spotted him at the University of Miami Hospital and recognized him from a story on the news. That person called police, who took the 36-year-old into custody.

The Miami-Dade Department of Corrections released the following statement: "Public safety is of the utmost importance, and we regret any concerns that this incident has caused the citizens of Miami-Dade County."

Jones said, "A mistake is considered something happening once. I don't know if it happened before. It's scary. It's so scary."

"If it was negligence, then it was gross negligence," said the victim's lawyer, Frank L. Hollander.

Hollander would like for federal investigators to look into the matter in order to ensure that no other prisoners are accidentally released from jail again. He is also considering filing a civil lawsuit.

On Friday, a Miami-Dade County Jail official said that the jail is conducting an internal investigation.

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