Felisha Washington (pictured) was initially released from prison on a $50,000 bond in December after allegedly fatally stabbing Ramona Jones
A murder suspect in Houston, Texas, has had her bail revoked after she was arrested for allegedly stabbing a potential witness in the case.
Felisha Washington, 27, was released after posting bail pending trial for a previous fatal stabbing last year.
But she was returned to prison on Friday and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly stabbing a woman involved in the case. The stabbing victim survived the attack, but her condition and identity are unknown at this time.
The attack came less than a year after Washington was accused of fatally stabbing her neighbor, Ramona Jones, 51. FOX 26 reported.
Jones, a mother of three, was found dead in a ditch on October 28 last year by Houston police.
Investigators later learned that Washington and Jones were close neighbors and that the two had a long-running dispute, police said after Washington’s arrest on Dec. 16, 2020.
Harris County Assistant District Attorney Sean Teare said after Jones returned to jail Friday, “What we did in court today is just proving that this defendant, Mrs. Washington, has violated some of her terms. ‘
He told Fox 26: “This person on bail for murder was outside her home, outside her curfew, and had some pretty significant contact with a witness about that murder.”
The attack came less than a year after Washington was accused of fatally stabbing her neighbor Ramona Jones (pictured)
Washington’s bail in the deadly stabbing was set at $100,000 by Harris County last year, but District Court Judge Christ Morton reduced it to $50,000.
Washington posted bail and got out of jail in December 2020.
The eldest of Jones’ three daughters spoke out on Friday about Washington’s recent arrest.
“It’s hard for all of us,” Jazmine Jones told FOX 26. “She was a grandmother, mother, daughter, aunt.”
She said stabbing the witness makes Washington look “guilty, guilty, guilty” ahead of the murder trial.
Jones’ eldest daughter Jazmine (pictured) said the latest stabbing in Washington suggests she is guilty of murdering her mother
Ramona Jones (center) pictured with her three children
“It’s not fair at all,” said Jazmine Jones KTRK_TV last week. “We understand we need a fair trial, but when is enough when you’ve killed someone?”
Sydni Lavan said she was not surprised to learn that Washington had been arrested for another stabbing.
When will she be punished for her crimes? She goes out and stabs someone else. This is her [modus operandi] – stabbing people,” Lavan said.
Violent defendants being released on temporary bail pending trial is a growing concern in Harris County, according to a 60-page report from the district attorney’s office.
The report alleges that courts releasing defendants detained for multiple crimes on personal recognition bonds are contributing to the rise in local crime rates, FOX 26 reported.
An undated photo of Felisha Washington (pictured) appearing in court. Multiple Crime Suspects Released on PR Bonds Added to Texas Local Crime Rates
Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) introduced legislation in February, known as Caitlynne’s Bill, to prohibit magistrates from releasing a defendant on a PR bond for offenses committed while he was on an existing PR bond, or for a felony when two or more other felony charges are pending against the accused.
Teare said that if defendants violate the condition of their bail, they must be returned to prison until their case is over “for the safety of the community, for the safety of everyone involved.”
Defendants who violate their bail condition should be sent to jail “for the safety of the community, for the safety of everyone involved,” Teares said, until the outcome of their trial.
Washington first appeared in court on Sunday afternoon on charges of assault. Her bail was set at $75,000, but the state has filed a motion requesting a hearing to deny her bail.
She will remain in prison until her trial for Jones’ murder, FOX 26 reported.