Man accused of convincing brother to eat cocaine is back in jail
By Natalie Caulancaula@abcnews4.com
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - DeAngelo Mitchell, accused of coercing his brother to eat cocaine he had concealed on his body, is back in jail. Wayne Mitchell died from ingesting the drugs after DeAngelo convinced him to eat the cocaine, while both were detained in the back of a police squad car last November, according to investigators.
Mitchell was charged with involuntary manslaughter and drug trafficking charges. He was released on bond with specific conditions -- house arrest and GPS monitoring. He was only allowed to leave his home to attend work, church or visit his attorney.
Deputies handcuffed Mitchell in the courtroom Thursday afternoon after the judge ruled he had violated his bond conditions. According to prosecutors, GPS records show Mitchell in downtown Charleston during late night hours several days after his arrest.
In court Thursday, Mitchell claimed he didn't know the conditions of his bond.
"No one ever notified me," Mitchell said.
Testimony revealed the violations were first discovered by the Ninth Circuit Solicitor's Office when Mitchell's ex-girlfriend reported the violations to prosecutors.
Frances Jenkins, Mitchell's bail bondswoman, took the stand Thursday and admitted she didn't know the specific details of his bond conditions.
"Since I didn't get a copy of the order I don't know exactly what Judge (James) Gosnell ordered," Jenkins testified.
Judge Stephanie McDonald said she was stunned by what she called a "blatant disregard" by people she says are supposed to be familiar with the process of compliance with the law and court orders.
Jenkins claimed employees from Robinson GPS Monitoring called her three times to report Mitchell was out late at night.
"One night he called me and told me he was out and it was about 2 o'clock in the morning. I contacted DeAngelo and I told him, 'Man, you have to stay out of the streets,'" Jenkins said. "It's never been like a serious situation, and we needed to get him and put him back in jail right now. It's never been that tone."
Judge Donaldson told Jenkins and the court it is a serious situation when a defendant violates their electronic monitoring.
"It's a big deal. It's a violation of the court order," Judge Donaldson said.
The judge revoked Mitchell's bond, saying there has been "repeated, repeated, repeated violations of court orders."
"I didn't fall off the turnip truck yesterday. I know everybody was aware what the terms and conditions of his bond were. I just find that incredible," Judge McDonald said.
The judge stated a new order is being written to address the issue with electronic monitoring. It's a matter the Ninth Circuit Solicitor is also investigating.