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Police re-arrest mistakenly released murder suspect

Frederick Lawrence Scott. (Prince George's County police)

Frederick Lawrence Scott, 24, of Chillum, was arrested May 5 in connection with the fatal shooting of Phillip Watson, 30, of Southeast Washington, police said.

After his arrest, Scott was placed in the county’s Department of Corrections, where he was to be held without bond while he awaited trial. He remained there until Nov. 10, when he was allowed to post a $75,000 bond and leave the jail.

Police blamed a clerical error at the courthouse for the accidental release.

According to police, Scott was free for more than one week before officials caught the mistake. On Nov. 18, the court issued a bench warrant for his arrest.

Scott was taken into custody again Tuesday morning, after appearing for a bond review at the Prince George’s County Courthouse in Upper Marlboro. He has been remanded to the Department of Corrections, where he is awaiting trial, on a $500,000 bond.

Scott is accused of shooting Watson on March 4 after a fight at the Surf Club on Kenilworth Avenue in the Edmonston area spilled outside, police said. Watson was shot several times and died later at an area hospital.

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