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Twin confusion leads to release of attempted murder suspect

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) - The Nashville Criminal Court Clerk says he will provide additional training for his employees after a clerical error caused an attempted murder suspect to walk free. Howard Gentry says several clerks confused 19-year-old Quindarius Jordan with his twin brother, Quintarius Jordan.

Gentry says the identical twins have only one letter separating their names, one digit separating their social security numbers and they are attached to the same case.

The case stems from a shooting in October 2017. According to Metro Police, Quindarius Jordan shot someone outside an East Nashville convenience store. A 62-year-old woman was caught in the crossfire and wounded.

Both victims survived. Jordan was charged with attempted first-degree murder.

Jordan's identical twin brother, Quintarius Jordan, was charged with accessory after the fact for allegedly driving the getaway car.

Gentry said Quindarius was put into the system as Quintarius on May 18. On June 5, the mistake was corrected but the prior mistake was not voided. Gentry calls that a training issue.

"I don't believe that employee knew that they needed to take it out of the system," Gentry told News 2. "That's one thing that I can lay directly on us and one thing I know that we can correct immediately."

Quindarius Jordan's $150,000 bond was changed to match Quintarius Jordan's $5,000 bond. Quindarius bailed out of jail on Friday June 15 using Rader Bonding Company.

"His family saw in the computer system of the clerk's office where the bond had been reduced to $5,000," said Donnie Jordan, owner of Rader Bonding Company. "They said they would like to post the bond."

Gentry apologized to the public for the error Tuesday.

"We're sorry that we allowed such an individual to get back on the street and we're asking the public to help us to bring him back in," he said. "At the end of the day, we have let someone out that has been charged with attempted murder and I just pray that no one else is injured during this period."

Donnie Jordan said he saw the severity of his client's charges but says he has seen bonds drop dramatically before. It usually happens after a person has been sitting in jail for a period of time and the case against them has weakened.

"It did not alarm us," said Jordan. "I know the charges are kind of severe. The family said 'we didn't know this. If we would've known this we would've have done this.'" 

News 2 went to the address listed on Quindarius Jordan's court records. Someone else answered the door saying they had lived at the address for three months. 

Donnie Jordan says he wants his client to turn himself into him.

"I think the best thing for him right now is to simply come here and let us take him over and turn him back in," he said. "It would show that he is responsible and not irresponsible and not trying to run, not trying to hide and not trying to make it more difficult than a bad situation."

If you see Quindarius Jordan or know his whereabouts, you're asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463 or the Emergency Communications Center at 615-862-8600.
 


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