Escapee accused of murdering man while on loose from local correctional facility

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CLEVELAND- A man was arrested for murder just days after officials say he walked away from a low-level lock-up serving time in another case, the FOX 8 I-Team learned on Thursday.

The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office indicted Robert E. Long, Jr. and others, including his father, for the murder of Clarence Adkins.

Long should have been at a facility aimed at inmates finishing their sentences, and getting counseling and substance abuse treatment.

That facility is run by Orianna House. The chairman of the board said an employee picked up five inmates from the Cuyahoga County Jail. But the staff didn’t notice one was missing until the next day.

Less than a week later, Long, Jr. was arrested for the murder in the 7000 block of Colgate in Cleveland.

Cuyahoga County court administrators are still gathering facts, according to a spokesman.

“When that is done. The court will address the issue,” spokesman Darren Toms said in an email.

Meantime, we’re told Oriana House has started a new check-off system to prevent this from happening again.

In the neighborhood where the murder happened, neighbors said they had seen Long, Jr. around. Some told us they knew he was wanted. But no one turned him in.

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