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Cops find fugitive in Dawson Co.
Murder suspect fled Gwinnett

LAWRENCEVILLE - A murder suspect granted bond in Gwinnett County last year was apprehended in North Georgia this week after fleeing the county, officials said.

Joseph Hunter Hayes, 23, removed an ankle monitor meant to track his whereabouts Sunday, prompting the Gwinnett County District Attorney's Office to file an order for his incarceration, said Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Stacey Bourbonnais.

But Hayes had reportedly fled the county in the direction of his last listed address, Dahlonega.

Bourbonnais said a tipster help lead members of the Sheriff's Department fugitive unit, along with Dawson County authorities, to a house in Dawsonville, where Hayes was arrested Monday without incident. He was wearing a replacement ankle monitor at the time, she said.

Hayes is accused of breaking in a Buford residence on East Shadburn Avenue on Sept. 1, 2007, then kicking and punching an occupant, Lloyd Lee Harrison III, to death.

Hayes was arrested days after the killing on charges of burglary and voluntary manslaughter and later freed on $71,000 bond, according to jail records.

In a 2008 indictment, those charges were upgraded to murder, felony murder, aggravated assault and burglary, and Hayes was again arrested.

"Since he had not been arrested on those charges, he was brought into custody," Bourbonnais said.

After three months in jail, Hayes posted a higher bond of $137,700 and was subjected to home confinement in November, Bourbonnais said.

He remains at the Gwinnett County Jail without bond.