Albany murder victim family hires attorney and plans lawsuit

Published: Feb. 12, 2014 at 10:50 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 17, 2014 at 10:51 PM EST
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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The family of an Albany murder victim plans to file a lawsuit to get answers about how two suspects managed to evade detection while they were supposed to be on house arrest.

Jamey Spurlock's family has hired attorney Joseph Durham. Spurlock was shot and killed while changing a tire on an East Albany dirt road just before Christmas. Two of the men charged with his murder were wearing electronic monitors, on house arrest.  But the signals from their monitors were lost during the time of the murder.

Durham said "They are really upset. Still have so many questions as to why. This is a senseless murder."

Durham is also the attorney for Walter Phelps' family. They sued another company that was supposed to be monitoring the man accused of gunning down the Albany business owner. Durham says changes need to be made.

Durham said "Advocacy groups all over the country that are again amazed this happens so rarely. To have two cases occur in this area. That just sends up serious red flags that someone needs to be looking into this. And we're prepared to start that process."

Durham sent a letter to Judicial Electronic Monitoring Service, informing them of the Spurlock family's intent to file suit. The suit could include other defendants as well.

Durham said "We anticipate filing legal action within a week to 10 days, so we can use the subpoena powers of the courts to start digging in and finding out exactly what happened. And we can get through the wall that's being put up by the way right now."

Durham said the family believes that Spurlock might still alive today if the courts and the monitoring company had a protocol requiring the company to notify law enforcement immediately when defendants block their monitor signal.

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