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Judge notes mistakes; allows Marissa Alexander to remain on bond

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Updated: 1/10 8:15 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Marissa Alexander will be allowed to wait for her second trial at home, but it was a close call.  

The state wanted her bond revoked after prosecutors said she made a number of unauthorized trips.

Judge James Daniel said, "The intent of the order was for her to stay at home, period."

But the JSO employee in charge of making sure Alexander followed that order didn't see it that way.  April Wilson told the judge she thought she was following the rules when she gave Alexander permission to go to the bank, the eye doctor, even to the victim's brother's house.

Alexander's attorney, Bruce Zimet, asked Wilson if "there was any reason to believe, at all, that there would be any interaction between Rico and Ms. Alexander that day?"

Wilson said, "No, sir."

Judge Daniel said, "It was a mistake and they happen."

Saying that there was no willful violation on anyone's part, the judge allowed Alexander to remain free on bond.  

Assistant State Attorney Rich Mantei said, "She will be able to go where she asks the court to be able to go, and where the court approves her to be able to go, and that is all."

That's a huge relief to a mother looking at a lengthy prison sentence.

Zimet said, "She's an incredibly strong woman.  And she believes in the system."

Alexander is charged with three counts of aggravated assault after police say she fired a gun toward her husband and his children.  

She was convicted and sentenced to 20 years in her first trial.  For her second trial, she hopes for an acquittal.

Alexander's trial is set for March 31.

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