Nearly a week after a violent video surfaced of Zac Stacy reportedly beating his ex-girlfriend in front of their baby in her Florida home, a judge shockingly ruled that he could remain free on bond until the next court hearing.
While he’s out, the former NFL running back will enter a Colorado mental health in-patient facility on Dec. 1, his attorney Thomas Luka told Florida Circuit Judge Mark Blechman, per Jennifer Sangalang of the Daytona Beach News-Journal.
It was just last week when his ex-girlfriend, Kristin Evans, dropped disgusting video of Stacy assaulting her right in front of their 5-month-old. He would be on the run until he was arrested five days later. Stacy was ordered to not have any contact with Evans or any firearms, to pay $10,150 in bail and to give up his passport. He has been charged with aggravated battery and criminal mischief.
Judge Blechman ruled that Stacy could remain free on bond. Until he checks into a mental health facility, Luka said Stacy would live with his mother and brother in Alabama.
Evans argued against Stacy being kept free on bond during Wednesday’s hearing:
“I’m a victim in this case. You’ve seen the video, what he did to me. I was slapped, punched, literally picked up and thrown into my TV, and then [he] picked me up and slammed me into my son’s bouncy seat by my throat. This is not the first time he’s been violent with me. I am afraid for my safety and for my children’s safety.
“He was released on the weekend, and I was too afraid to go home. I have not been back home yet. My injuries from this incident are serious and likely permanent, from what I have been told. I am just asking the court to increase his bond, place him on home confinement and make sure, verify his residence, and make sure there are no firearms in the home.”
Oakland Police detective Shawn Dozier wrote in the affidavit it showed the former NFL running back “strike the victim twice to the back of her head with the first strike with an unknown object in his hand” before he hit her again with a closed fist, then “picked up the victim like a ‘rag doll’ and threw her into a 65-inch television.”
Dozier said Evans suffered “a contusion to her face, bruises to her torso, contusion to her left leg, and abrasions to her right leg.”
According to a bio page on mycoachmatch.com, Evans is a life coach in Clermont, another Central Florida town: “I have been a business owner for more than 12 years, am a mother of 2, and am a psychology major. I have extensive knowledge in nutrition, herbs, mental and physical wellness, and business; I am ready to help you get yourself organized and moving into the next, fulfilling, chapter of your life.”
A condition of his release is that he not possess any weapons or firearms or contact Evans.