Convicted Killer Caught After Fleeing State
DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – A convicted killer from Detroit has been captured in Ohio, a month after he cut his electronic monitor and fled.
Michigan authorities said Dwayne Ballinger Jr. was arrested Wednesday in Columbus, Ohio.
Ballinger was convicted of killing two men with an AK-47 in 2006, but claimed his attorney did a poor job defending him at trial. Detroit federal Judge Arthur Tarnow last year threw out his conviction and ordered a new trial. He also released Ballinger on bond.
An appeals court overturned Tarnow’s decision in March. Ballinger disappeared on April 11, the day he was supposed to surrender and resume his life-sentence in prison.
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette says the judge never should have released “this dangerous felon.”
“Dwayne Ballinger is a dangerous murderer who belongs behind bars for the rest of his life … and now the victims’ families, witnesses and the public at large will be safer with him in custody,” said Schuette, in a statement. ”We will never stop fighting on behalf of crime victims and public safety, no matter how long it takes to secure justice.”
Arrangements are made to transport Ballinger back to Michigan.
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