Woman remains free on bond in self-defense case

Woman remains free on bond in self-defense case



JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — 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 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.

Prosecutors alleged she violated terms of the home detention by making short trips to places near her home. But Alexander’s attorney counted that each trip was approved by parole supervisors.

Alexander was denied immunity under Florida’s self-defense law and sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing a warning shot during a fight with her husband. Her conviction was tossed by an appeals court. A new trial is set for next month.



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