Person of interest in Hembree disappearance released from jail - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Person of interest in Hembree disappearance released from jail

Michael Todd Ramsey (Source: Lubbock County Detention Center) Michael Todd Ramsey (Source: Lubbock County Detention Center)
Maegan Hembree has been missing since February 2013 Maegan Hembree has been missing since February 2013
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Michael Ramsey, the person of interest in the disappearance of 30-year-old Maegan Hembree, was released from jail on May 28 after serving his sentence for burglary of a building and failure to identify.

Court documents say Ramsey pleaded guilty to the charge of burglary of a building on April 1.

It says in exchange for his plea he received 200 days in jail (time served) and his charge of failure to identify was dismissed.

Ramsey expected to be released at that point, but on April 4, an additional charge of fraud was added to his jail card.

The documents say that the filing of the new charge was three days after Ramsey was supposed to be released from jail.

Court documents say, "Had either the Attorneys for the Defendant or the Defendant been aware that this charge was forthcoming, a guilty plea would not have been entered on April 1, 2014."

Ramsey's attorneys applied for him to be brought before a judge on the principle of Habeas Corpus which ensures a prisoner can be released from unlawful detention. That application was granted on May 1 and a hearing was set for the afternoon of May 28. After that hearing Ramsey walked free.

The court documents say that in addition to his other charges Ramsey knew he was the person of interest in the disappearance of Maegan Hembree.

It says that investigators, "came to Sarah M. Gunter's (Ramsey's Attorney) office and informed her that they were investigating Mr. Ramsey in the disappearance of Maegan Hembree. They informed her that they had a good case on Mr. Ramsey and that they wanted to speak with him about that matter. Certainly, the defense was aware that Mr. Ramsey was the person of interest in an ongoing investigation, but there was never any information conveyed to the defense of any forthcoming charges."

Hembree was last seen in Lubbock County on February 26, 2013 with Ramsey, traveling in a red 2-door Saturn, wearing a light gray hoodie, pajama pants or blue jeans and black tennis shoes.

In August of 2013, Lubbock County Sheriff Kelly Rowe said Ramsey and Hembree did know each other, but the nature of the relationship was not clear.

Sheriff Rowe says the investigation is still ongoing.

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