JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - A judge says the Jacksonville woman awaiting trial in a controversial "stand your ground" case can remain free on bond.
But The Florida Times-Union (http://bit.ly/1cUCBCO ) reports Circuit Judge James Daniel made it clear Friday that the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office made an error in giving Marissa Alexander too much leeway to leave home while she was on home detention.
Assistant State Attorney Richard Mantei said Alexander violated terms of the home detention, which prohibited her from leaving her house except to go to court appearances, and for medical emergencies and to satisfy any requirements of the program. She was out on $200,000 bail, posted in November, after getting a new trial. She was denied immunity under Florida's self-defense law and sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing a warning shot in the air during a fight with her husband, Rico Gray.
Alexander's attorney, Bruce Zimet, said that every time she left her house, the trip was approved by the sheriff's office, which oversees the home detention program.
Mantei told the judge on Friday that Alexander had violated the order at least nine times.
"The evidence shows you can't rely on her to follow your order," he said.
Alexander's defense attorney said the court order required Alexander to check with the sheriff's office before doing anything and that she had followed those orders.
"I didn't think my order was ambiguous," Daniel said. He asked the defense attorney if he believes his client had the right to take the trips. Zimet said the order was clear and that if he was the bond supervisor, he would have checked with the court before allowing the trips.
The sheriff's supervisor of home detention confirmed she gave approval for Alexander's trips.
The judge, in denying the state's request, said Alexander didn't knowingly violate the order. He told the sheriff's office he doesn't want the mistake to happen again.
The prosecutor said it wasn't entirely a sheriff's office mistake. Mantei said Alexander had violated bond before and should have known better.
Alexander's new trial is set for next month.
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