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Sheriff cites 'mistakes' in inmate escape

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Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez says mistakes were to blame for the escape of a capital murder suspect who was being transferred from Parkland Hospital to the jail.

Speaking at a news conference on Wednesday, Valdez said 30-year-old Franklin Davis escaped from Parkland because a deputy, she referred to only as Deputy Underwood, did not follow proper department procedures. But she refused to elaborate.

Valdez did say the deputy was not on administrative leave during the department's internal investigation.

Davis, who is charged in the September murder of 16-year-old Shania Gray, had been hospitalized since Saturday for unspecified medical issues, Valdez said.

He escaped from custody Tuesday night, prompting a manhunt and standoff near the intersection of Harry Hines Boulevard and Reagan Street.

Davis surrendered and was taken into custody after 10:30 p.m. but was re-hospitalized for alleged chest pains.

Valdez said an average of 15 jail inmates are transported to and from the hospital each day.

No one was hurt during Tuesday night's incident.

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