SAN MATEO (KCBS)— The suspect in the murder of an East Palo Alto community leader was released from custody this week, over the objections of prosecutors who say he confessed to the crime.
60-year-old Gregory Elarms was arrested for the 2010 murder of David Lewis in the Hillsdale Shopping Center. The case stumped police for six months until Elarms contacted police and implicated himself.
Last fall, a judge dismissed the charges saying the suspect hadn’t had his rights properly read to him before he confessed. Meanwhile, he remained in custody for allegedly possessing shanks in jail.
Elarms pleaded no contest, but on Tuesday a judge ordered him released saying he was not dangerous.