NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - An inmate facing murder charges has been returned to custody after being accidentally released on Friday, according to the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office.

Roberto Josue Viera-Aybar, 26, was arrested on June 12, 2018, on multiple probation violation charges along with a premeditated murder charge.

In error, on June 28, 2019, a time computation staff member consolidated the murder charge into the violation sentence.

On Aug. 30, his sentence was complete for the probation violation – the murder charge was no longer listed due to the previous error – and Viera-Aybar was cleared for release.

The sheriff’s office began investigating the clerical mistake immediately after being notified. The employee responsible for the mistake will face disciplinary action.

The sheriff’s office is exploring any actions that could prevent such an error occurring again.

“There is no excuse for a mistake such as this,” said Davidson County Sheriff Daron Hall in a news release. “We are relieved he is back in custody, without incident, and are committed to doing everything possible to see this doesn’t happen again.”

Metro Police said Viera-Aybar made arrangements through his attorney to surrender. He surrendered around 11:15 a.m. in the 500 block of Picadilly Row to a South Precinct officer and was booked back into jail shortly after noon.

Viera-Aybar was being held on $500,000 bond for first-degree murder.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation began the investigation after Luis Antonio Lopez’s body was found partially burned in a wooded area near Dalton, GA, on Jan. 10, 2017. Lopez was from La Vergne, TN.

Over the course of the investigation, it was determined that Lopez had been murdered in Davidson County and Viera-Aybar along with Hector Ruiz and Kevin Palacio dumped his body in Georgia.

The Davidson County Grand Jury indicted the three suspects on March 19, 2018.

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