CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – A judge reinstated bond for Timonthy Da’Shaun Taylor Thursday in federal court Thursday.
Taylor is the man that has been named in connection to 17-year-old Brittanee Drexel’s disappearance. Read more here. Although, Taylor has never been charged with anything related to Drexel’s case. Instead, Taylor was in jail for an unrelated federal robbery charge.
Taylor has been held at the Al Cannon Detention Center since Halloween of 2017. He’s awaiting sentencing for that federal robbery charge, a state conviction he had already served time for back in 2011.
“He’s charged with this case because of the words of snitches related to the Drexel investigation,” says Taylor’s attorney, Chris Adams.
In 2016, a prison inmate told law enforcement Taylor was involved in the 2009 disappearance of Brittanee Drexel, a teen that vanished during a trip to Myrtle Beach. Weeks later, federal agents arrested Taylor on the same 2011 robbery charge.
Adam’s believes this is a case of double jeopardy.
“The issue is going up in the supreme court, can you do that? The constitution says you can’t be held in jeopardy twice for the same offense,” Adams said.
Adams says the only reason Taylor was back was due to a “separate sovereigns doctrine.” This is an exception to the double jeopardy rule.
“I think the government pattern of the misuse of this tool has created a concern for citizens and now the supreme court,” he said.
The supreme court is hearing the case; Gamble v. United States, out of Alabama where a man was prosecuted for possession of a gun by a felon in state court. He then served his time, and was later arrested in federal court for the same offense.
The outcome of this case could affect Taylor’s future.
“If the Gamble decision goes against Mr. Gamble, we will be back in court fighting for our lives. If it goes with mr. Gamble it should be the end of the case,” Adams said.
Taylor’s attorney’s believe this case gave the judge reason to reinstate Taylor’s bond Thursday.
No cameras were allowed in the court room Thursday. Judge Norton presided over Taylor’s bond here.
According to News 2 reporter, Deanne Roberts, a judge told Taylor that he would have to work well with his probation officer and if he were to mess up there would be no way to get released again.
“You have the key to your own freedom now,” Norton said.
Taylor is not a free man yet. He still faces the federal robbery charge, but that could be contingent on the Gamble supreme court case.
As of now, Taylor is home with his parents and two children in McClellanville on house arrest and GPS monitoring.