The District Attorney's Office dismissed a murder charge against a county jail inmate, then immediately refiled the charge Monday to allow more time to develop evidence.
Inmate Lonnie Perkins had been charged with murder in connection with a fatal stabbing of a fellow inmate at Calipatria State Prison while Perkins was serving a sentence there.
The stabbing occurred more than a year ago.
While Perkins was charged with murder, in February he was released from state prison because he had finished serving his term for the crime for which he was originally convicted.
Upon his release from state prison, Perkins was booked into the county jail on the murder charge.
The statutory deadline to bring Perkins to trial for the murder was nearing, but Assistant District Attorney Joe Beard said the DA's Office was not yet ready to start the trial.