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UPDATE (11:05 a.m. 9/12) — Alvin Ray Allen has pled not guilty in the murder case of Sandra Williams.

A judge put a condition on his release — electronic monitoring and no contact with the victim’s family. He can only go to his house, the three rental properties he owns and his church. Otherwise he’s on house arrest.

 A status hearing has been set for Oct. 3.

UPDATE (4:25 p.m.) — Alvin Ray Allen has posted the corrected cash amount and is in the process of being released again from jail, according to the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office.

Sandra Williams’ family spoke with News 5 Wednesday afternoon. They say they were upset at his initial accidental release, and now being released on the correct bond.

Her sister, Judy Barfield, says this isn’t closure. “Definitely not that, and that’s not here yet either. It’s just another chapter, turn the page and we’re going to start another chapter in the book,” she said.

Mobile District Attorney, Ashley Rich, says the first initial accidental release was a mistake. “The Grand Jury returns an indictment to the judge, who hears and the grand jury returns the indictments to, and then it goes to the clerk’s office, and it’s the clerk’s office’s responsibility to get everything to the jail,” said Rich.

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — A man arrested in a nearly 40-year-old cold case murder bonded out of Mobile Metro Jail Tuesday due to a clerical error.

Alvin Ray Allen was arrested Tuesday morning for the 1980 death of Sandra Williams after a standoff with police.

Allen’s bond was set at $100,000 with a $10,000 cash component.

According to the DA’s office, there was a mistake between the clerk’s office and the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office. Allen was released about three hours after he was booked.

The Mobile County Sheriff’s Office released the following statement:

On September 10, 2019, The Mobile Metro Jail released ALVIN RAY ALLEN on a $100,000.00 bond from four bonding companies. Mobile County Corrections Officer who was processing ALLEN did not see the $10,000.00 cash component at the bottom of the Writ of Arrest.

We are currently reviewing procedures with Corrections Officers who work in Docket, The Circuit Clerks Office and the Circuit Court Office as it relates to District Attorney Grand Jury Indictments.

Allen was booked back in Metro Jail a little before noon on Wednesday.

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