Suspect's bond set in gang slaying

COLUMBIA -- A York man accused of murder in a gang-related shooting last year was given a $75,000 bond Tuesday and will be put on house arrest with electronic monitoring.

Antonio Mobley, 25, of 13 Rosewood Lane was indicted last week by the state grand jury in connection with the September shooting death of Dawud Chester of York. At-large Circuit Court Judge Michelle Childs set Mobley's bond Tuesday.

Mobley is the first person to be indicted by the grand jury in a gang-related incident since the jury's authority was expanded in June.

If he pays the bond, Mobley will be placed under house arrest with electronic monitoring, said 16th Circuit Deputy Solicitor Willy Thompson. Mobley was being held at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center in Richland County on Tuesday evening, according to the Detention Center's Web site.

Electronic monitoring has become a common way to keep track of murder suspects, Thompson said. The person being monitored typically wears a bracelet that shows his or her location. If he or she leaves the house or the bracelet is cut, law enforcement is automatically notified, he said.

"It does give us better tracking on somebody," Thompson said.

Mobley initially was charged with murder by the York Police Department in September. In October, he was given a $15,000 personal recognizance bond after 16th Circuit Solicitor Kevin Brackett questioned what appeared to be conflicting evidence in the case. Charges against him were dropped in November.

Mobley's defense lawyer, Melvin Roberts of York, said the next step in preparing for the trial will be to review evidence.

"There's a long ways between now and trial," Roberts said.