Taiquan Mitchell was convicted of murder in DeKalb on Monday but was out on bond and didn't return to the courthouse. (Photo courtesy DeKalb County)

DeKalb murderer who fled court arrested in South Carolina

Convicted DeKalb County murderer Taiquan Mitchell is in custody again after fleeing court in Decatur, the sheriff’s office announced Wednesday. 

The 24-year-old Atlanta man had been out on bond during the trial and left court Monday before the jury found him guilty of killing a man in 2014. He was apprehended in Columbia, South Carolina. 

“The arrest was coordinated by the Fugitive Unit in cooperation with the U.S. Marshals and local authorities in Columbia,” Cynthia Williams, DeKalb Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman, said in a news release. “Mr. Mitchell is awaiting extradition to Georgia.” 

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He faces life in prison after being found guilty of killing Marcus Beanite Waters, 29, in a January 2014 robbery on Carteret Place near I-285. 

Mitchell was granted $125,000 bond on May 7, 2014, by Judge Asha F. Jackson, according to court records. The judge ordered the bond with the condition that the murder suspect wear an ankle monitor and be on house arrest.

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