Attorney: Murder suspect out on bond 'deceived' officials

Anthony Willis (Provided)

By Brian Troutmanbtroutman@abcnews4

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- "Deceived."

That's the word Charleston attorney David Aylor used to describe how local law enforcement officials, prosecutors and a local bail bondsman feel in regards to the recent actions of 18-year-old Anthony Willis.

Willis was arrested in May and charged with the murder of Summerville teen Justin Smoot. Willis made bond and was placed on house arrest with a requirement to wear an electronic GPS monitor.

Last week, he was arrested again for several crimes in the Summerville area. He was charged with armed robbery, kidnapping, carjacking, possession of a firearm by a person convicted of a violent crime and possession of a sawed off shotgun.

On Saturday, Aylor issued a written statement on behalf of the bondsman, Carlos Dunlap, who posted Willis' bail. Aylor said the process taken to bond Willis out of jail and to monitor his activity was done properly and while working in conjunction with the court and prosecutors.

"Anthony Willis was a defendant approved for electronic monitoring who clearly deceived not only me but the court, prosecutors and the terms of his bond," Aylor said.

It was clear Willis tampered with the tracking device, Aylor said.

"We will review our internal process to ensure that something like what happened with Mr. Willis does not occur again. Furthermore, we look forward to working with law enforcement and the solicitor's office in order to specifically determine the issues that arose in the matter at hand."

Aylor said he and Dunlap are still unsure how Willis managed to tamper with the device. Dunlap contracts with a North Charleston company which is required to monitor the device and report any mishaps. Aylor said no such mishaps were ever reported.