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According to Florida Circuit Court Judge James Daniel, Marissa Alexander will not head back to jail, Florida State Attorney request denied
According to Florida Circuit Court Judge James Daniel, Marissa Alexander will not head back to jail, Florida State Attorney request denied

Florida Circuit Court Judge James Daniel has denied request by Florida State Attorney Angela Corey and her assistant, Richard Mantei to revoke Marissa Alexander’s bail.

The State Attorney’s office had filed a motion accusing Alexander of leaving her home on numerous occasions to run errands – a violation of the terms of her bond. Documentation from electronic monitoring device, presented by the state, showed that

 

 

Alexander went, “shopping for clothes, drove a family members to the hair salon and airport, visited the DMV for a new driver’s license, went to the bank and visited a sister-in-law.”

Alexander, through her attorney, successfully argued and provided evidence of permission granted, for each trip, by the Sheriff’s Office counselor assigned to monitor her compliance.

After nearly two years in jail, Alexander was freed, in November 2012, on a $200,000 bond as she prepares for her March 31, 2014 retrial. Her 20-years mandatory conviction was overturned in September after a judge found that the jury instructions in her original trial were erroneous and had unfairly put the burden on Alexander to prove that she had fired her shot in self-defense. 

In May 2012, a Florida judge sentenced Alexander to 20-years in prison for shooting a warning shot into the air after her abusive husband, Rico Gray, threatened to kill her. Nobody was hurt in that case. Alexander unsuccessfully tried to use Florida's controversial "Stand Your Ground" as her defense, but a jury convicted her of aggravated assault after only 12 minutes of deliberation.

Meanwhile, Judge Daniel imposed additional stringent conditions, including the following:

  • Remain under the supervision of the pretrial services program at all times
  • Subject to electronic monitoring through the CTC at all times
  • Remain on home detention until completion of her case and will not be allowed to leave her residence except for court appearances, medical emergencies and to satisfy any requirements of PSP or the CTC
  • Report all required court appearances and all required appointments with the PSP or its designated service provider
  • Alexander cannot change her residence without prior notice and approval by the PSP or its designated service provider
  • Cannot have contact with, nor communicate by any means with Rico Gray, Sr., Pernell Gray and Rico Gray, Jr.
  • Alexander shall abide by all court orders in the divorce proceedings involving Rico Gray, Sr., including all orders that pertain to child custody, exchange of child custody for visitation shall be facilitated by a third party
  • Alexander shall not possess any firearms, nor shall there be any firearms in her residence at any time during her pretrial release
  • Shall not consume any alcoholic beverage or drug not prescribed by a physician
  • Must abide by all rules and regulations for the PSP and the CTC including random drug testing
  • Alexander shall be subject to warrantless searches of her residence by CTC officers or any JSO officer conducting such a search at the direction of CTC personnel, to ensure compliance with her pretrial release condition.

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