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Freed Murderer Captured

Thomas Aaron Whitlock, 31. Photo courtesy of York County Sheriff's Office.

Thomas Aaron Whitlock. Photo courtesy York County Sheriff's Office. A convicted murderer who was mistakenly released in York County Monday has been captured in Texas. Thomas Whitlock was apprehended this morning in Dallas, Texas at the home of his child's mother. He surrendered without incident to officers, including deputy US Marshalls. Whitlock had been on the loose since Monday after he was mistakenly released following a court appearance in York County on drug charges. Whitlock is serving an 11- to 14-year sentence for the 2009 murder of a Charlotte man named Jamey Thompson. He shot Thompson at a condominium on Old Concord Road. Whitlock wasn't arrested until April 2010, when FBI agents tracked him down hiding beneath a different house in Dallas. So far, no details about Whitlock's transportation back to the Carolinas have been determined. On February 8th, he was transferred from the Bertie Correctional Institution in eastern North Carolina to the York County Detention Center to go to trial on previous drug charges. He pleaded guilty on Monday and a judge sentenced him to time served. And that's where the breakdown in the system started. That was at approximately 3 p.m. on Monday, and authorities didn't discover the error until Tuesday afternoon. The York County Sheriff's office still hasn't released details of what happened. So far, spokesman Lieutenant Mike Baker says no disciplinary action has been taken against any employees.