Convicted murderer mistakenly released from Illinois court


An inmate being held for a 2002 murder in Indianapolis was mistakenly released Thursday.

Steven L. Robbins, 44, was in Cook County (Ill.) court for a hearing on drug charges. The charges were dropped, but for an unknown reason, Robbins was released by authorities without being held for return to Indiana.

Robbins is serving a 60-year sentence for murder and carrying a handgun without a permit out of Marion County. He was imprisoned in October 2004 and has an earliest projected release date was June 29, 2029.

Robbins, who was born in Gary, is described as a black male, approximately 5'5" tall and weighing 190 pounds. He has a tattoo on the right side of his neck that says "Nicole."

Police in both Indiana and Illinois are attempting to locate and apprehend Robbins. The urge anyone who spots Robbins not to approach him, but contact local police or 911. Anyone with information about Robbins can also call Crime Stoppers at (317) 262-TIPS.