Houston TX October 8 2019
He was arrested for the murder of a security officer but was released from jail on the conditions that he would wear an ankle monitor.
The monitoring device is privately owned and monitored, and a fee is charged to the arrested person, not to the court or the sheriff’s department.
So, when Clint Walker, the murder suspect’s ankle bracelet bill went unpaid, the private company removed it placing him at large.
According to reports, Walker owed a little more than $300 for his ankle monitor and after failing to pay up, the vendor found Walker, took back the equipment and later notified the proper authorities.
“It effectively put our capital murder suspect more or less at large,” First Assistant District Attorney David Mitcham said to the Houston Chronicle.
In 2016, Walker allegedly shot and killed 59-year-old security guard Enrique Garcia during a botched robbery.
About two years later, Walker was released on specific conditions, which included the ankle monitor.
The company reportedly sent several notifications about Walker’s ankle monitor to a county pretrial supervision department, including his failure to make timely payments.
Walker reportedly roamed free for about two weeks but has since been captured.
There is no information as to why Walker was released early or if he’ll be allowed back out, wearing another ankle monitor.