DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- A Volusia County judge set a $1.2 million bond Saturday morning for Ebony Wilkerson based on six charges including three counts of attempted first-degree murder.
Wilkerson, who is more than 27-weeks pregnant, is accused of trying to kill her three children by driving her van into the Atlantic Ocean at Daytona Beach Tuesday. Her children are 10, 9 and 3 years old.
Judge Shirley Green set a $300,000 bond for each charge of attempted first-degree murder and a $100,000 bond for each charge of aggravated child abuse.
Wilkerson, 32, looked shocked and mouthed, "What?" to Judge Green has she read the bond amount.
Wilkerson's attorney, assistant Public Defender Nora Hall, asked the judge for a reasonable bond and Dan Jancha, the prosecutor, asked the judge for an "extremely high bond". Jancha told Judge Green his request was based on the fact that she is not a Florida citizen and his opinion that she is perceived as a threat to the community and a flight risk.
Volusia County Public Defender Jim Purdy will represent Wilkerson at her future court hearings. Purdy said he had not meet with Wilkerson yet.
A group of people believed to be friends and family of Wilkerson attempted to enter the courtroom for the bond hearing, but the group arrived late and missed her appearance. The group was then taken into another part of the jail to speak with Purdy.
Another court date was not set, but Wilkerson is expected to be arraigned in about three weeks at the Justice Center at Volusia County.