Marissa Alexander was finally granted bond late last year after outrage over her 20-year prison sentence for firing a warning shot at her abusive husband grew to a fever pitch. But now the state of Florida wants her back in jail.
Florida State Attorney Angela Corey has filed a motion to see that Alexander be put behind bars for allegedly violating her bond conditions.
According to Corey, Alexander “repeatedly flouted” her home detention bond conditions by running various errands, including shopping for clothes, visiting a bank, and driving family members to various destinations.
“She continues to demonstrate her utter disregard for conforming her behavior to the rules of others (including other defendants granted bond by the courts) must abide by,” the motion filed by Assistant State Attorney Richard Mantei read.
However, Alexander’s attorney contends that the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, tasked with overseeing her bond, signed off on every trip she took.
“Unfortunately, the State of Florida, knowing that [her corrections officer] had authorized and given Marissa Alexander permission for each of the trips and stops alleged by the State to be willful violations of Marissa Alexander’s bond, failed to include those exonerative facts in its application to this Court,” attorney Bruce Zimet wrote in his motion.
“No justification supports the state’s failure to include in its motion to modify and revoke bond the fact that 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,” Zimet added. “Obviously, including those omitted facts would expose the frivolity of the state’s motion.”
Alexander’s bond hearing is scheduled for Friday and will determine whether or not bond will be revoked.
If revoked, she will be put back in jail while she awaits a retrial after being convicted of aggravated assault for firing the aforementioned warning shot at her estranged abusive husband.
We’ll keep you updated on the latest.
SOURCE: MSNBC | VIDEO SOURCE: News, Inc.
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