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Temple police blame miscommunication about homicide suspect's whereabouts

(Source: Bell County Jail) (Source: Bell County Jail)

Temple police have apologized for a misunderstanding that led to several agencies to report that a suspect's whereabouts were unknown. 

According to Temple Police Sgt. Mike Bolton, the press release regarding Jason Bernal and a new warrant for his arrest had followed a standard wording of a press release, which led to confusion. Bolton said that the "wording indicating a need for information about Mr. Bernal's whereabouts was in error because our detectives already had contact with Mr. Bernal's attorney, Mr. Thomas." 

Communication between Thomas and Temple police began on July 6 and continued into the weekend. Thomas had been in contact with the Bell County Jail administration to facilitate Bernal's surrender. 

Sgt. Bolton said that Bernal's lawyer had communicated with Temple police on Sunday and said that Bernal would turn himself Monday morning, which he did at 6:30 a.m. 

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