On September 17, 1991 Ms. Reya Booker filed a Domestic Violence Complaint and requested that the Court enter a protective order under the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act to restrain this defendant, Mark Nelson, from having contact with
her and seeking other remedies available under the act. Prior to September 17, 1991, other orders had been entered restraining defendant Nelson from contacting Ms. Booker. Those orders had been vacated at the request of Ms. Booker. This court on September 17, 1991 entered a temporary restraining order under the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act restraining defendant Nelson from contacting Ms. Booker. Prior to service of the temporary restraining order by Bridgewater Township Police, defendant Nelson allegedly attempted to murder Ms. Booker by stabbing her repeatedly with a screwdriver (Indictment $91-12-0607-I). The indictment alleges that the actions by defendant Nelson on or about September 18, 1991 are a crime of the first degree, carrying a presumption of incarceration for a term of 10 to 20 years (2C:43-6), if defendant is found guilty of the charges.
Bail was fixed by this Court on the attempted murder charges in the amount of $100,000, no 10 percent provision to apply. Defendant Nelson, unable to post the required bail, remains in Somerset County Jail.
While in the Somerset County Jail, defendant Nelson is alleged to have sent three letters to the victim, Ms. Booker. The letters were postmarked October 11, 1991, October 15, 1991, and October 21, 1991. These letters provide the basis for complaints for contempt and harassment that were filed against Mr. Nelson and bear Docket Numbers FO-18-0090-92-C, FO-18-0091-92-C and FO-18-0095-92-C. The first letter is two pages and contains, among other statements, the following:
"I'm in some bad situations right now . . . I'm a little upset about things I done . . . You know just as well as I know that I'm not gonna see the street for a long time . . . My life is all messed up right now. When I was in the courtroom I felt real bad about things . . . With the drugs and alcohol none of this would have never happened."
The second letter is a one page letter and contains, among other statements, the following:
"I wish that none of this had happened it's hurting me so bad. I can't ease the pain. I never really wanted to cause any sorrow or pain. All I wanted to be a friend. I didn't want to be a weekend lover. I only really wanted is to be your
lover . . . at night I lay down and cry about this. I know you probably think that I'm just bulls ___ ing but it's the truth. It just hurted me so much when another guy stepped in my place . . . I ...