WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The FBI Agents Association issued the following statement on the possible release of convicted murderer Jose Echavarria, who is currently on death row in Nevada for the murder of FBI Special Agent John Bailey during a bank robbery in 1990. A recent order by a U.S. District Court Judge in Las Vegas, Nevada could result in Echavarria’s release within 60 days unless prosecutors file a written notice for a retrial.
“The FBIAA urges the State of Nevada to take all necessary actions to protect the public from Jose Echavarria and to ensure that justice is served for the murder of Special Agent John Bailey. Echavarria is a threat to public safety and his release would cause unnecessary risks to the public and further pain for Special Agent Bailey’s family, friends, and fellow Special Agents.
Retired Special Agent John Wilson, who served with Special Agent Bailey, said ‘I looked up to John for guidance and direction because of his dedication to his job and his capabilities. He was a top Agent and a committed family man. I join with my fellow retired and active Special Agents in urging the State of Nevada to take action to protect the public from John’s murderer.’”
The FBIAA is a professional association with a membership of more than 12,000 active and retired agents nationwide. The FBIAA was founded over three decades ago in response to the growing recognition that agents needed to join together in order to protect and advance the interests of agents both within the Bureau, as well as in the public domain. The FBIAA works diligently to promote and facilitate the intelligent, skillful, and efficient discharge of the professional duties of all FBI agents. The Association works to advance and safeguard the careers, economic interests, conditions of employment, and welfare of active and retired FBI agents.