State wants Marissa Alexander's bond revoked
Saying that Marissa Alexander "repeated flounted" the court-imposed restrictions of her release, State Attorney Angela Corey is asking a judge modify or revoke Marissa Alexander's bond.
Judge James Daniel has sent a hearing on the motion for Friday.
Documents: Motion to modify or revoke bond |
Response to motion from Alexander's attorney
After her stand-your-ground defense motion was denied, Alexander was convicted in 2012 of aggravated assault for firing shots in the direction of her estranged husband and his two children. The was sentenced to 20 years under Florida sentencing guidelines that require 20 years served for any crime that involves the firing of a gun.
The conviction and sentence drew protests, which spread nationally in the wake of the stand-your-ground controversy surrounding George Zimmerman's prosecution for the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
Last September, the 1st District Court of Appeal overturned the conviction, saying the judge did not property instruct the jury about Florida's self-defense statutes. Alexander was returned to the Duval County jail to await a new trial. The day before Thanksgiving, Judge Daniel released her to house arrest, with stipulation that she wear a GPS monitoring device and not leave the house except for court appearances, medical emergencies and to satisfy any requirements of pretrial services program.
In the motion filed on Monday, Corey wrote that in the nine day period before Christmas, GPS records show mother of thee went shopping for clothes, drove family members to a hair shop and airport, visited the bank, collected funds to give to her bond agent, received estimates for car repairs, new glasses, a driver's license and traveled to the office of a former attorney.
The document also says the 33-year-old went to the home of the brother of her estranged husband -- the alleged victim in the case. The State Attorney’s Office says she has disregarded her bond conditions, and "disrespected" the judge.
In a response to the state attorney's office, the attorney for Alexander says she requested and received permission from the correctional service counselor for each trip that was taken.
"...every activity alleged to be a violation of bond had been approved by the agency charged with the responsibility of supervising Marissa Alexander's bond," Bruce Zimet wrote in his filing in response to the state's motion. "Obviously, including those omitted facts would expose the frivolity of the State's Motion."
Supporters who continue to rally for Alexander's release say Corey should drop the motion.
"It’s just very unfortunate," said Angie Nixon, with Florida New Majority. "We are a little nervous, but we are still holding out hope that Marissa Alexander will become victorious with the trial regardless."
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