Published: August 14, 2010
Home detention denied to Upstate murder suspectBy LEE G. HEALY email@example.com
A man accused of murder was denied a second chance at bond Friday morning.
Judge Roger Couch ordered Monquez Levon Fowler, 22, to await trial behind bars. Fowler, who was arrested in April after authorities say he violated home detention, is accused in a drive-by shooting that killed Joy Mack, 45, of Greenville on Oct. 20, 2009, while she was visiting her son's Tacco Court residence. Fowler was charged with murder in February and released on home detention and a $75,000 bond.
Nancy Vinson, coordinator of the county home detention program, said during the hearing that GPS monitoring showed Fowler violated home detention rules twice since he was released from jail in March.
Vinson said the ankle bracelet Fowler wore as a condition of his home detention revealed he did more than go between home and work or job interviews as allowed. Vinson said the tracking device showed Fowler visited Boiling Springs High School and the Lakeview Manor community, where he was out of the car for about 10 minutes.
Fowler's attorney told the judge his client was out for job interviews both times, but because he is reliant on others for transportation, he had to ride to other locations with them.
Mack's daughter, Tiffany Kelley, addressed the court during the hearing.
"I feel like if he didn't follow (home detention rules) the first time, why would he follow it the second time?" Kelley said. "I feel like for my safety and my family's safety, he should be denied bond."
Fowler's hearing was in the same week law enforcement agencies asked for the public's help in finding another man charged with murder who escaped home detention in June. Officers are still searching for Rashawn Reeder, who was charged in the March 14, 2009, shooting death of 16-year-old Duncan Lamar "AJ" Geter.
After the hearing, Kelley said she doesn't believe any person charged with murder should be let out of jail.
"Murder is murder," she said.