Suspect accused of killing Marine is back behind bars

Bryce Perkins (Source: CPSO)
Bryce Perkins (Source: CPSO)

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LAKE CHARLES, LA. (KPLC) - His family had struggled to pull together the resources to secure his release from jail on bond.  But now, Bryce Perkins is back in jail for allegedly violating the conditions of his being free while awaiting trial.  Perkins is charged with the murder of U.S. Marine Daniel Gueringer at a party the weekend of 4th of July 2009.  Perkins is the alleged trigger man and was out on bond awaiting trial

In order to be allowed to stay out of jail while waiting for his trial, Bryce Perkins was supposed to stay home for the most part. But he broke the rules and is now behind bars.

Calcasieu District Attorney John DeRosier says Perkins tampered with the bracelet that allowed authorities to keep tabs on his whereabouts." We know that he was out and about in the public a little bit, I don't know precisely where he was or any particular locations, but we know that he did take the device off and was out where he was not supposed to be. I don't think it was a question of a defective device or a clever methodology to deceive the device. It was simply an oversight on the part of the company."

The kind of device Perkins was wearing was a GPS bracelet that allows Safe Guard Video and Investigations to keep up with him. Owner Mike Reid says several alerts went undetected because of a technical mistake that caused delays in email receipt. He says they've remedied the situation. "It had a lag in the email. Well from now on we're going to use text messages and the text message notifies us right away within ten or fifteen seconds."

Reid points out though Perkins broke the rules he didn't beat the system. "He was taking his bracelet on and off. And we found him with is bracelet off and did some more research and notified the District Attorney's Office."

So, from now on the company will handle tampering communications through text messages that look like this. As well, DeRosier has asked the company to run tests to assure the system works the way it is supposed to. Perkins' trial is set for September 27th.

Defense attorney Tom Lorenzi confirms that family members surrendered Perkins to the jail
after it was learned the defendant had not followed the conditions of his being out on bond.  While there are some exceptions, for the most part Perkins was required to stay home.

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