Texas murder suspect granted bond after police data loss

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This image provided by the Dallas Police Department shows Jonathan Pitts. Pitts, a Texas man who was scheduled for trial on murder charges this week has instead been granted release on bond, Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021 after Dallas police revealed that material in his case might be among troves of data lost from its computer system. (Dallas Police Department via AP)

DALLAS (AP) — A Texas man who was scheduled for trial on murder charges this week has instead been granted release on bond.

That’s after Dallas police revealed that material in his case might be among troves of data lost from its computer system.

A Dallas County judge granted Jonathan Pitts bond Thursday.

Prosecutors had asked the judge to delay the trial as they worked with police to determine whether case material was part of the information lost while the Dallas Police Department was moving data from a computer network drive.

It was not immediately clear when Pitts would be freed from jail.

On Friday evening, Dallas Police Sgt. Warren Mitchell said that “all the evidentiary items and data are available for prosecution on this murder case.”

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