A murder defendant who cut off his GPS monitor while on bond awaiting trial was arrested late Tuesday.
Amir Powell posted $150,000 bond in September 2020. Court-ordered conditions of his release required Powell to wear a GPS monitor while under partial house arrest. In January 2022, it was discovered Powell cut the monitor. He was then considered a fugitive and a warrant was issued for his arrest. On Tuesday, DAO investigators and the US Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force learned Powell was hiding out in a local apartment. He was arrested and ordered to be remanded without bond.
“This defendant is not the only person awaiting trial on a violent crime to refuse to comply with their bond conditions. That’s why the District Attorney’s Office is focusing on finding these fugitives. While our office does not set bonds or conditions, when defendants violate the court’s order we can make every effort to bring them back to court so that they can face a judge and jury for their crimes. The safety of everyone in Bexar County relies on this,” said Bexar County District Attorney Joe Gonzales.
The Criminal Trial Division in the 227th District Court is prosecuting this case. Because this case is pending, we can make no further comment on it.