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Tennessee failed to watch killer Terry Releford

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HAMILTON COUNTY, TN (Times Free Press) -

A Hamilton County man who assaulted a teenage girl and killed his pregnant wife May 19 was supposed to be on community supervision for life as a multiple, violent rapist.

However, 34-year-old Terry Releford was not monitored by the state Department of Correction after his nearly 15-year prison sentence ended.

Department spokeswoman Dorinda Carter acknowledged he should have been, but blamed the now-retired district attorney in Bradley County, where Releford was convicted.

In a written statement, she said TDOC requires a court order through the DA's office to place anyone on lifetime supervision.

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