Accused murder suspects on house arrest with no monitors

Juvenile suspects released
On Monday, three juvenile suspects connected to the murder of Hunter Adams were released on house arrest. Hunter Adam's body was found in West Monroe back in August.
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OUACHITA PARISH, La. (KNOE) - On Monday, three juvenile suspects connected to the murder of Hunter Adams were released on house arrest. Hunter Adam's body was found in West Monroe back in August.

On Tuesday, the 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office told KNOE a filing error allowed the three suspects to get out of jail. The victim's grandfather, Jesse Brown, said this mistake should not have happened.

"They shouldn't be making errors like that or they shouldn't be a DA," Brown said.

Assistant District Attorney John Sanders said it was an honest mistake by his office.

"Paperwork came into our office and because it wasn't the way we normally see it and expected it, it didn't get processed the way it should have," he said. "So, we had it but didn't realize had it, so we didn't get it filed."

Sanders said when they got to court, on Monday, that is when they realized the report had been filed incorrectly.

Juvenile Judge Sharon Marchman said it is Louisiana state law to release the suspects if the filing is not done within the allotted time frame before the hearing.

District Attorney Steve Tew said Sanders is a stand-up lawyer and will not face any punishments. He says they have discussed standards to make sure this never happens again.

Tew said the harshest punishment was house arrest. But Sanders said the juveniles do not have any monitors to keep track of them.

"We did have electronic monitors at one time, but like a lot of things we've lost some grant money and don't have that available," he said.