Felisha Washington (pictured) had initially been released from jail on a $50,000 bond in December after she allegedly fatally stabbed Ramona Jones
A murder suspect in Houston, Texas, has had her bond rescinded after she was arrested for allegedly stabbing a potential witness in the case.
Felisha Washington, 27, was free after posting bond while awaiting a trial for a previous fatal stabbing last year.
But she was returned to jail on Friday and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for the alleged stabbing of a woman involved in the case. The victim of the stabbing survived the attack but both her condition and identity remain 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, who was a mother of three, was found dead in a drainage ditch by Houston Police on October 28 of last year.
Investigators later learned that Washington and Jones were next-door neighbors and that the two had a long-running dispute, police said after Washington’s arrest on December 16, 2020.
Speaking after Jones was returned to prison on Friday, Sean Teare, assistant district attorney for Harris County said: ‘What we did in court today, we simply prove that this defendant, Ms. Washington, violated a number of her bond conditions.’
He told Fox 26: ‘This individual who was on bond for murder was outside of her residence, outside of her curfew hours, and had some pretty significant contact with a witness on that murder.’
The attack came less than a year after Washington was accused of fatally stabbing her neighbor Ramona Jones (pictured)
Washington’s bond in the fatal stabbing had been set at $100,000 last year by Harris County last year, but District Court Judge Christ Morton reduced it to $50,000.
Washington posted bond and got out of jail in December 2020.
The oldest of Jones’ three daughters spoke out about Washington’s recent arrest on Friday.
‘It’s been hard on all of us,’ Jazmine Jones, told FOX 26. ‘She was a grandmother, mother, daughter, auntie.’
She said that the stabbing of the witness makes Washington look ‘guilty, guilty, guilty’ ahead of the murder trial.
Jones’ eldest daughter Jazmine (pictured) said Washington’s latest stabbing suggests that she is guilty for murder of her mother
Ramona Jones (center) pictured with her three children
‘It’s not fair at all,’ Jazmine Jones told KTRK_TV last week. ‘We understand we have to have due process, but when is enough enough when you’ve taken someone’s life?’
Sydni Lavan said that it didn’t surprise her to hear that Washington had been arrested over another stabbing.
‘When is she going to be punished for her crimes? She’s going to get out and stab someone else. This is her [modus operandi] — stabbing people,’ Lavan said.
Violent defendants being temporarily released on bond while awaiting trial is a growing concern in Harris County, according to a 60-page report by the district attorney’s office.
The report claims that courts which release defendants held for multiple felonies on personal-recognizance bonds are contributing to the rise of the local crime rate, FOX 26 reported.
An undated photo of Felisha Washington (pictured) appearing in court. Defendants on multiple felonies who have been released on PR bonds have contributed to the local crime rate in Texas
Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) filed legislation back in February, known as Caitlynne’s bill, to prohibit magistrates from releasing a defendant on a PR bond for offenses committed while out on an existing PR bond, or on a felony offense when two or more other felony charges are pending against the defendant.
Teare said that when defendants violate the condition of their bond they should be returned to jail until their case is over ‘for the safety of the community, for the safety of everyone involved.’
Defendants who breach the condition of their bond should be going to jail ‘for the safety of the community, for the safety of everyone involved,’ until the outcome of their trial, according to Teares.
Washington made her first court appearance Sunday afternoon on the assault charge. Her bond was set at $75,000 bond, but the state has filed a motion requesting a hearing to deny her bail.
She will remain in jail until her trial for Jones’ murder, FOX 26 reported.