(WMC-TV) - A murder suspect was released on a technicality. The murder victim's family is outraged that he is walking free.
"Our son was murdered a year ago, 2013, on a Thursday night, January 17, at 6:30 p.m.," said father Theodis Cochran.
It is a night Theodis and his family will not forget. His 21-year-old son Joey Rucker and 11-year-old daughter were at his oldest daughter's home when shots rang out.
"Guys were shooting, and the bullet came through the window, and shot him killed him instantly in the chest," said Theodis.
"My daughter said if he wouldn't have grabbed her, the bullet probably would've shot her. He grabbed her. The bullet hit him in the chest," said mother Bonita.
The family suffered another huge blow when 23-year-old Jeremy Buchanan was released on his own recognizance.
Buchanan had been under a $500,000 bond for Rucker's murder when he was released.
According to an order from the circuit court of St. Francis County, Buchanan was released on November 6, 2013 due to a technicality based his right to a speedy trial within a nine month period.
"It's like the system working in the criminal's favor instead of in our favor," said Theodis.
Now Buchanan is on the run and police have no idea where he is located.
"He did not show up in court, and now they can't find him after the judge issued his bond to be revoked," said Theodis.
Bonita says instead of celebrating the news of her son's scholarship to college that came the day of the murder, she was mourning his death.
"I'll never see him go and get married, I'll never see him with children, and it just hurts," said Bonita.
Action News 5 reached out to Forrest City Police for comment. They referred us to the prosecutor's office, which has not called us back for comment.
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