NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A Live 5 News investigation has revealed an attempted murder suspect who was believed to be under a house arrest, violated a judge's order and apparently committed a new crime.
Emory Lewis was only 16 years old when North Charleston Police say he shot a man during a drug deal on Dorchester Road in September, 2012.
Lewis was locked up and charged with attempted murder.
According to court documents, Lewis posted bond and was placed under house arrest.
Court documents from March, 2013 show Lewis was supposed to be monitored by his bail bondsman by phone or in person.
North Charleston Police say on March 18th he violated the terms of his house arrest by going to a home on West Surrey Drive, kicking in a back door, robbing the two people inside at gunpoint and stealing their car.
Charleston Police arrested Lewis two days later.
So who is responsible for making sure Lewis stays home and out of trouble?
According to Charleston County Sheriff's spokesman Major Eric Watson, it is up to the bail bond company who bails a defendant out of jail to monitor him and make sure he follows the judge's order.
In Lewis' case, it is Sinkler bonding company.
Owner Lowndes Sinkler told me he had no idea he was responsible for Lewis' house arrest and that he thought he was only responsible for making sure Lewis comes to court.
Meanwhile, Lewis is back in jail after his arrest for the home invasion.
He is charged with burglary first degree, armed robbery, possession of a firearm during a violent crime and grand larceny in connection with the home invasion.
He is being held under 70 thousand dollars bond.
Electronic monitoring of defendants was temporarily banned in 2012 after complaints that some of them slipped through the cracks and managed to commit more crimes.
Circuit Judge Roger Young says electronic monitoring will resume in the next few weeks.
The Charleston County Sheriff's Office will be responsible for tracking the defendants.
Bail bondsmen had that responsibility before the ban was put into effect.