Murdered man's family sues monitor company
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The family of an East Albany murder victim files suit against the electronic monitoring company that was supposed to be tracking two of the men charged with his death.
Jamey Spurlock's family has filed suit against the two men charged with his murder, as well as the company Dougherty County uses for electronic monitoring.
Prosecutors say brothers Kovarious and Demetrius Price were both wearing court ordered electronic monitors on their ankles when they robbed and shot James Spurlock in December 2013. Now his family has filed suit, still demanding to see the exact facts of when and to who the company reported the house arrest violation.
Attorney Joe Durham says he had to file the lawsuit against Judicial Electronic Monitoring, to discover the parameters the Dougherty County Court's electronic monitor program, and the part it played in Jamey Spurlocks' murder.
"Someone hired them. Someone asked them. So we've got to get to the bottom of that. And we're just getting the run around on that right now," he said.
JEMS reports show that the Price brothers' electronic signals were lost on parts of December 21st and 22nd, 2013, the day that Jamey Spurlock was killed. But the reports do not show when or to whom the company reported those violations of their house arrest court orders.
Pete Donaldson, the attorney for Judicial Electronic Monitoring Service Attorney said, "JEMS did everything it was supposed to do under the arrangement it had. It made the appropriate reports at the appropriate time."
The company's attorney says JEMS does not have a contract with Dougherty County Courts, only an arrangement. And he would not give details of what's in that arrangement, only saying they did not violate it.
"To whom are they reporting and to when do they have an obligation? Those are the issues in this lawsuit," Donaldson said.
"Is an arrangement a contract? We're using a play on words. Hey, someone asked this company to monitor these people and others. What were the terms of that? Who set that up? Those are the things we need to know," Durham said.
He says the Spurlock family just wants to know the facts and wants justice in their loved one's death.
Dougherty County Chief Superior Court Judge Willie Lockette is in charge of the electronic monitoring program, but his office said he was unavailable to talk with us. The Price brothers are also named in the Spurlock's lawsuit. They are still in jail, awaiting trial.
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