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Judge calls transfer of inmate 'suspicious'
A Jefferson County judge is calling the transfer of an inmate from a state prison to a county jail appalling and disturbing.
State district judge John Stevens says inmates can be transferred from prison to jail for prosecution or as a witness, but he calls the circumstances surrounding the transfer of Derek McBride highly suspicious.
In March, the Jefferson County District Court sentenced McBride to eight years in prison for involuntary manslaughter in the death of Amber Roussel.
Her husband Ryan Roussel was also injured in the collision on Interstate 10 in Beaumont.
A Sabine County bench warrant in June authorized McBride's transfer to the county jail.
When Stevens found out about the transfer he contacted the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and got McBride moved back to prison.
A spokesman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice said he wasn't returned to a state prison until October.
Judge Stevens is upset that his court didn't know about the transfer for months and says the Sabine County sheriff shouldn't have been involved in the case.
Fox 4 left messages with the Sabine County sheriff, but he did not return our calls.
A spokesman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice says the case has been referred to the Office of the Inspector General who will look into it for any violations.