Mixup frees Delta Junction man wanted for murder

Posted: Wednesday, July 01, 2009

FAIRBANKS - A Delta Junction man accused of attempted murder was deported from Canada but is still at large despite a $2 million warrant for his arrest.

Fairbanks District Attorney Michael Gray says 43-year-old James Mead shot a man in the knee in February and sought asylum in Canada.

He was held in Vancouver, British Columbia, and turned over to U.S. authorities May 14 in Washington state.

They released him because Gray says Canadian authorities did not give them the arrest warrant.

A spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Blaine, Wash., Tom Schreiber, said he could not discuss the specifics of Mead's case. But he said the Canadian government usually notifies them about warrants.

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