Mexican Judges: Suspect In Student's Killing Freed Accidentally

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (AP) Two Mexican judges say they accidentally released a suspect in the shooting death of a vacationing University of Colorado student.

Municipal judges Jesus Roberto Gomez and Jorge Alejandro Garcia appeared before the Public Ministry Tuesday. Officials are trying to find out how a man accused of killing 21-year-old David Parrish, of Boulder, escaped from jail.

City officials say they wanted to know why Gomez issued a release order and two jail employees let the suspect go on Friday before dawn an hour at which releases are unusual.

The jail employees were being held Tuesday at a state prison.

Police initially said suspect Alfonso Ramirez tricked guards into releasing him by switching clothes with a cell mate, who was being held for allegedly stealing a bottle of liquor.

The judges, who have protection from being arrested, say they intended to released the liquor suspect because prosecutors had not pressed charges against him.

u.S. embassy spokeswoman Judith Bryan says the killing, which allegedly happened during a robbery, was the first fatal shooting of an American in Puerto Vallarta the embassy has on record. About 1 million Americans visit Puerto Vallarta each year.