Bondsman: Murder suspect used heat to slip out of monitoring bracelet

Suspect used heat to escape monitoring
Travaris Walker (Source: CCDC)
Travaris Walker (Source: CCDC)

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Authorities say a murder suspect out on bond used heat to slip out of electronic ankle monitor last week.

The suspect, 29-year-old Travaris Walker, was free on $125,000 bond and is now on the run.

"We've had them try a lot of ways to get around these things and they usually get caught," said Jim Robinson of Robinson Bail Bonding. "This is one of the first ones we've ever seen apply heat, so by applying heat he apparently did it real slow where he burned himself in doing so."

Walker is awaiting trial for the shooting death of a man in Lincolnville in December, 2011.

He was supposed to be under house arrest at a family member's home on Forbes Avenue west of the Ashley.

Last week, the bonding company got an alert that someone had tampered with Walker's monitor.

"Just thought it was a minor situation, but got concerned because he wouldn't call us," Robinson said.

Then the device went dead. The bonding company got a call from Walker's girlfriend.

She said the murder suspect told her the monitor was in a vacant house behind the home where Walker was staying.

"His basic story was that he couldn't afford to comply and all he wanted to do was see his children before he was going back to jail. He was going to turn himself in. He's yet to do that," said Robinson.

"They all get caught eventually. You can't out run the long arm of the law," Robinson said.

Last week, a judge revoked Walker's bond. That means when caught, he will stay in jail until his trial.

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