Jan 8, 2014

Marissa Alexander got out on bond in November after spending 21 months in jail for firing a shot in the direction of her estranged husband and his two children.

Alexander, 33, may soon be back behind bars, less than two months after she got out. Prosecutors say she violated the terms of her bond, while attorneys for Alexander said everything she did was approved by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

According to the office of State Attorney Angela Corey, Alexander violated the conditions of her bond within days of being released. She went out shopping for clothes, drove family members to the hair shop and airport, got a new driver’s license and visited the bank.

Prosecutors said Alexander did all of this while she was on home detention, which prohibited her from leaving her residence except for court appearances, medical emergencies and to satisfy any requirements of her pretrial services program, like a drug test.

“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,” said the motion to revoke Alexander’s bond, which was filed by Assistant State Attorney Richard Mantei.

But attorney Bruce Zimet, who represents Alexander, responded Tuesday with a motion that said every trip she took was approved by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, which supervises people on home detention.

“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,” said Zimet in his motion. “Obviously, including those omitted facts would expose the frivolity of the state’s motion.”

Circuit Judge James Daniel has set a hearing for Friday to consider whether Alexander’s bond will be revoked.

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