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Who is really in charge of ankle monitor offenders?

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This man is still wanted for Spurlock's murder This man is still wanted for Spurlock's murder
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

How did two murder suspects elude police after they disabled their ankle monitors? WALB News 10's investigation continues as we look for answers in a murder where two of the accused killers were wearing court-ordered ankle monitors.

So far, no one can tell us how two accused killers disabled their ankle monitors. Nor can they tell us when or if law officers were alerted that their signals were lost.

We have asked  prosecutors, Law enforcers, and court officials. And we have found  there's confusion over how and to whom the company is required to respond in a case like this.

Dougherty County judges and prosecutors said they are investigating what went wrong and working to clear up what the company's reporting obligations are, but they defend releasing the two brothers on electronic monitors.

Albany 911 records show no call from Judicial Electronics Monitoring Service of Georgia to alert the loss of electronic monitoring signals on murder suspects  Kavorious and Demetrice Price in December. The Price brothers are among five people charged with killing Jamey Spurlock.  

"We went back through 2013 and we've gone into 2014 of course," Dougherty EMA Deputy Director Jim Vaught said. "But we have no record of receiving a call announcing that those two individuals were away from their appointed place."  

The Price brothers, one charged with armed robbery and kidnapping, the other with robbery and aggravated assault, were released on bond with electronic monitors, confined to their home. 

A WALB News 10 investigation shows the murder happened during one of the time periods the electronic monitor signals were lost.  District Attorney Greg Edwards said he is not sure when, how, or if the monitoring company reported the Price brothers monitor signals were  lost.  

Chief Judge Willie Lockette, who signed one of the electronic monitor orders, won't talk to us on camera, and designated Greg Edwards to answer our questions.   "It is a legal presumption that anyone charged with a crime is innocent.  They are not guilty.  Therefore bond is just an issue again as to whether the person is going to return to court," Edwards said.    

Judge Lockette declined to go on camera, but said  it would be physically impossible to lock up everyone in Dougherty County charged with a violent crime until their trials.  He said that would require another $50 million jail, and electronic monitors are a better alternative.   

Both Judge Lockette and Edwards said they will meet with all the agencies involved in the electronic monitoring program, to iron out these confusions.  

WALB will continue to ask questions to find out.

 

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