There are now 26 capital murder defendants who have been allowed to bond out of the Dallas County jail because of the pandemic.
A judge reduced bond from $1-million down to $10,000 allowing Ontario King, 31 Dallas, to leave the Dallas County jail with an electronic monitor and an order of home confinement until his capital murder trial. He is suspected of killing a man during a robbery. Court records show King has nine other armed robbery convictions.
As reported earlier this week by KRLD news, 25 other capital murder defendants have been turned loose from the Dallas County jail on bond with orders of home confinement, most with electronic monitoring, because of the pandemic.
But there is a downside to the electronic monitoring (ELM). While the ankle monitoring system is sophisticated it is also subject to a lag in notification time.
Multiple sources tell KRLD news that the system can detect drugs or alcohol and it can send an alert if a defendant either strays too far from home or tries to cut off the ankle monitor. But there could be a delay of 10 to 15 minutes before the notification makes its way to authorities, who then have to spring into action and try to locate the defendant.