Murder suspect who cut off his GPS monitoring in Cherokee Co. captured

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CHEROKEE COUNTY, SC (WSPA) – Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office officials said a murder suspect, who cut and removed his GPS monitoring equipment on Jan. 2 and was on the run, was captured in Florence County on Monday.

According to a sheriff’s office news release, Steven Douglas Neel, 24, of Florence, was given permission by the courts to be on GPS monitoring as part of his bond for a murder on March 30, 2016, which resulted in the death of Carl Francis Burden on Blacksburg Highway in Blacksburg.

On Jan. 2, Neel cut his GPS bracelet off and was on the run for 26 days.

Neel was captured and was taken to the Florence County Detention Center, where he will be held until he is returned to the Cherokee County Detention Center in the next few days.

According to an earlier news release, Neel will now face additional charges of escape and malicious damage to property, for cutting off his monitoring equipment.

“Hopefully this time our Solicitor’s Office can have his bond denied and he will remain in custody until his case is called for trial in General Sessions Court by the Solicitor’s Office,” from the news release.

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