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Circuit Judge James Daniel ruled on Friday for Marissa Alexander to remain on home detention

7:40 AM, Jan 10, 2014   |    comments
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UPDATE: 1/10/14 4:44 p.m.

Circuit Judge James Daniel ruled on Friday for Marissa Alexander to remain on home detention.

The judge found no willful violation, but emphasized his order was clear; only legal and medical matters were exceptions to home detention.

Alexander left the courthouse following the hour long hearing, heading home to await the new trial on aggravated assault charges that included gunfire with no one hurt.

Attorneys on both sides say there is no longer any uncertainty on what home detention means.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office released the following statement: "It appears that our counselor violated the court order for the home detention release of Marissa Alexander. We are conducting an administrative investigation, and any necessary corrective action will be taken."

Prosecutor Rich Mantei said, "I think it was handled how it needed to be handled. The judge is now aware and everybody else now aware of what was going on. Things got brought out in the open that's always a good thing." 

Defense Attorney Bruce Zimet said, "Marissa had advice she was told she could do what she did. You heard testimony in there she relied on what was represented to her."

Alexander did not speak nor make any comments following the hearing.

The trial is still on schedule for late March, but between now and then, Alexander is on home detention, but with court supervision now in play.

Free Marissa Now member Aleta Alston-Toure' said in part in a statement, "Instead of being an ally to Alexander, the state continues to abuse her, including threatening to keep her from her children, minimizing the violence she experienced, making false accusations, and suggesting that her life is not worth saving."

ORIGINAL STORY BELOW:

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Marissa Alexander is scheduled to appear before a judge Friday morning, after a motion was filed Jan. 6 by State Attorney Angela Corey to revoke her bond.

As a condition of her release, Alexander was to remain on home detention, however the motion cites numerous times she allegedly left her home to run errands.

READ THE STATE ATTORNEY'S FULL MOTION HERE


First Coast News requested Alexander's electronic monitoring log from the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, but the Sheriff's Office declined to release that information in advance of the hearing.

READ JSO'S FULL RESPONSE HERE

Alexander was released on bond Nov. 27 while she awaits her new trial for firing a gunshot during an confrontation with her now ex-husband.

Alexander's Fort Lauderdale-based attorney Bruce Zimet said Tuesday the outings were approved by the correctional service counselor supervising her release.

READ THE DEFENSE'S FULL RESPONSE TO THE MOTION

The State Attorney's Office issued its own response to the motion on Wednesday, saying in part, "No individual of common sense -- let alone a person whose bond had been revoked before -- would think it permissible to seek "approval" from anyone other than the Court to knowingly violate a Court's direct and explicit order."

READ THE STATE'S FULL RESPONSE TO THE MOTION HERE

FCN has also reached out to the Free Marissa Now group for comment, but has not yet heard back.

The hearing for this motion is set for Friday at 9 a.m.

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