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Posted at 11:20 AM ET, 04/20/2012

Bowie State student charged with killing roommate released on $250,000 bond, ordered to stay home

The Bowie State University student accused of fatally stabbing her roommate was released on bond and ordered to remain at her District Heights Home — without visitors — ahead of a summer trial, according to authorities and court records.

Alexis Simpson, 19, had been held on a no bond status in the September 2011 slaying of 18-year-old Dominique Frazier. Prosecutors and police have said Simpson stabbed Frazier after the two got into fight over music playing on an iPod in their shared suite in the Christa McAuliffe Residence Hall.

But on April 5, court records show, Prince George’s County Circuit Court Judge Sean D. Wallace set Simpson’s bond at $250,000. The records show that she posted the bond the next day, though John Erzen, a spokesman for Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks, said jail records indicate her release as coming on April 10.

One of Simpson’s defense attorneys told The Washington Times, which first broke news of the woman’s release from jail, that Simpson was “being threatened and intimidated by her roommate” and could argue she was acting in self-defense.

Erzen said prosecutors disputed those arguments and urged the judge at the April hearing to continue holding Simpson without bond because of the nature of the crime.

“We’re going to make an argument that it was not self-defense," Erzen said. He declined to discuss specifics of prosecutors’ case.

Simpson’s trial is scheduled for August. Court records show that Wallace ordered her to stay in her District Heights home with her mother and not receive visitors as conditions of her release.

Simpson’s defense attorneys could not immediately be reached for comment Friday morning.

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