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State of Oklahoma blamed for the accidental release of a convicted killer

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Oklahoma blamed for the accidential release of a convicted killer. At a news conference, the sheriff in Milwaukee, Wisconisn admitted his office let Cesar Lira walk away, but he says it's because Oklahoma failed to send the right paperwork.

With all the discussion about who's at fault for Lira's release, it's easy to forget who's really suffering.

"I look outside and there he was, and I said what are you doing here? No, I said, what are you doing out?" said Rosario Ordonze, the victim's mother.

Ordonze was upset when 34 year-old Cesar Lira showed up on her Milwaukee doorstep.

"I felt like uh anger. I wanna choke him. And pity because he look so old. Why'd you feel anger? Because he killed my daughter, you know? I said why couldn't you stop?" said Ordonze.

But Ordonze also knew Lira would want to see his 7 year-old daughter Sabrina, even though he was convicted of killing the child's mother Maraylyn in Oklahoma last year.

Rosario couldn't figure out how on earth her daughter's killer had gone free.

"He says the police bailed me out, they let me out. I says, you mean you didn't escape did you? He said, no. He had papers with him and everything," said Ordonze.

And technically, Lira was telling the truth. Milwaukee County Sheriff's deputies let Lira post $15,000 bond, even though he'd violated parole once in Wisconsin, and he'd just been extradited to the state for escaping back in April of last year.

That's when he encountered Oklahoma authorities the day after he escaped from Wisconsin custody. Maryalyn Ordonze was killed, and Sabrina seriously injured when a high-speed chase ended on the Turner Turnpike.

Milwaukee authorities say they let Lira go because they didn't get the right paperwork from Oklahoma.

But the News On 6 obtained a document from the Department of Corrections which clearly shows Milwaukee County agreed to temporary custody of Cesar Lira. The document was signed by the deputy district attorney there. Even without that document, though, Creek County authorities say the deputies should have known better.

"But they didn't go pick him up at the local grade school. They picked him up at a maximum security prison facing a murder conviction," said Creek County assistant DA Mike Loeffler.

Cesar Lira is a fugitive in Oklahoma because he still owes the state a total of 40 years for his crimes.

Lira was extradited to Wisconsin to face charges of felony escape and "endangering safety with a dangerous weapon.

But for now, it appears Lira has once again managed to slip through the hands of the law.
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