Capital Murder Suspect Stopped Paying For Ankle Monitor, So It Got Removed

Capital murder suspect Clint Walker was in the community unmonitored for approximately two weeks.

Houston, TX – A capital murder suspect was left to wander around the community freely after his GPS bracelet was removed by the electronic monitoring company because he fell behind in payments.

Clint Walker, 27, has been accused of fatally shooting 59-year-old game room security guard Enrique Garcia during a robbery in 2016, The Eagle reported.

In June, Walker was released on $100,000 bond with the condition that he wear a GPS monitoring device on his ankle and pay for associated costs.

He was also required to be supervised by the Harris County Community Supervision and Corrections Department (CSCD), which had contracts with four different GPS device companies, The Eagle reported.

Walker chose to work with a company called Guarding Public Safety.

Three months after his release, Guarding Public Safety contacted the Harris County Pretrial Supervision Department (PSD), and told them that one of its employees removed Walker’s monitoring device because he was over $300 behind in his payments to the company, The Eagle reported.

But Walker wasn’t being supervised by the PSD – he was being supervised by the CSCD.

“My company sent several violations on Clint Walker to the Harris County Pretrial Supervision Dept. including his failure to charge his device as instructed resulting in no location and no communication,” Guarding Public Safety told KTRK. “His device went dead several times and we had no location and no communication with this defendant. Immediate notification was sent upon removal of his device."

Walker remained in the community unmonitored for approximately two weeks before he was arrested and returned to jail, KTRK reported.

“It effectively put our capital murder suspect more or less at large,” First Assistant District Attorney David Mitcham told the Houston Chronicle.

Walker also failed to show up for a court hearing during the same timeframe, according to The Eagle.

CSCD Director Teresa May said that Guarding Public Safety violated its agreement with the county by removing Walker’s bracelet without prior authorization.

“In over 20 years of doing this, I’ve never seen a vendor do this kind of violation,” May said, according to The Eagle.

The county’s contract with the company was immediately terminated in the wake of the incident, she confirmed.

“He’s out. He’s terminated,” she told the Houston Chronicle.

May said that she doesn’t believe Walker was trying to avoid GPS monitoring by not paying for the service, and said he’d made payments on time before, The Eagle reported.

“Defendants who decide that they want to run or abscond or not be monitored – they’re going to cut if off,” she noted. “They’re not concerned about all this.”

Garcia’s son, Hugo, said he didn’t know his father’s accused murderer had even been released from jail in the first place until just before he was arrested again on Wednesday, The Eagle reported.

“I have a wife of 13 years, one daughter, 10 years old,” Garcia said. “When I found out that he was on the possible run for being out on bond and getting his ankle monitor removed, it just kind of stopped my heart for a moment.”

“It’s not fair to me and my family to relive a nightmare like that,” he added. “We just need to know answers so that this kind of situation doesn’t happen again to another family.”

Mitcham said that there are currently approximately 173 accused murderers who are out on bond in Houston, KHOU reported.

“If they are required to wear a GPS device, we want that condition of bond maintained,” Mitcham told the news outlet. “And we have notified the proper authorities to look into this matter to make sure this is not a widespread problem.”

Comments (21)
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Skinner5150
Skinner5150

This same thing just happened in Tennessee about a month ago!!!

flybynight
flybynight

Well isn't it racist to make a 13.4%er use AND PAY for that? 🙄

4bconsulting
4bconsulting

Isn’t it pretty STUPID to have someone released from jail in the first place? How stupid are these people that are managing criminals? He allegedly killed someone; give the lawyers six months to get their shit together and hold the trial. For the six months he STAYS in jail.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

That's ummmm, wow..... I can't believe they would do this....

TWalters
TWalters

100,000 bond in a death penalty case? Shame on you Houston!

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

Capital murder suspect out on bail w/ankle monitor? What the heck are you people thinking?

bryantrent
bryantrent

This goes on the Tax payers

Raymelson
Raymelson

There should never be a bond for murderers it puts society in danger an also killers should not have any freedom at all

Gramercy
Gramercy

Two comments...One: Why was he out at all? Should have been behind bars based on why he was jailed the first place. Two: How can a company do that with first getting written authorization from the judicial system..so they at least know what was suggested to be done. Outlandish! Glad they got rid of that company!..and that he is back in jail.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Accused murderers should never be bonded out.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Accused murderers should never be released on bail or bond.

BlueProtects
BlueProtects

So the Judicial system thinks that putting a monitor on a convicted murderer will prevent them from murdering again. The State is supposed to be paying for the bracelets. Expecting the criminal to pay is a total joke. If they require them to pay as soon as they miss a payment instead of its removal they should immediately be locked up because there not making the payments to stay out of prison they get to go into prison.

Musicray
Musicray

How could he pay for this if he doesn’t have a job.. I always assumed the government paid for this.

Woobie46
Woobie46

“Defendants who decide that they want to run or abscond or not be monitored – they’re going to cut if off,” she noted. “They’re not concerned about all this.” Well, with 173 other murderers out there, you can bet that a percentage of them will take your loving advice.

tuggingalong
tuggingalong

Our forefathers are rolling over in their graves.

MSK
MSK

Nice. A capitol murderer out with an ankle bracelet monitoring his location. Why, so it will make it easier to place him at the scene when he kills someone else????? SMFH