FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Nearly 20 years after she was arrested in one of the most high profile murder cases in South Florida history, Alice Willis was back before a Broward County judge Tuesday morning.
Willis was one of seven South Florida teens charged in the 1993 stabbing death of 20-year-old Bobby Kent, whose murder of was depicted in the 2001 film titled "Bully."
Kent, a South Broward High School student, was lured by Willis and her friends to a remote rock pit in western Broward County where they stabbed him to death.
Willis, who was 17 at the time, was Kent's former girlfriend. Prosecutors tagged her the ringleader, saying she was angry because Kent bullied her friends and raped her the day before the killing.
She was ordered to serve 40 years in prison, but had that sentence reduced on appeal to 17 years. In 2001, she was released after serving only six years.
This time, the 37-year-old woman is accused of a much less heinous crime -- retail theft in Palm Bay, where she lives.
But the petty charge could have serious consequences. That's because Willis is still on probation for Kent's murder.
Deputies brought Willis back to Broward County to face the charge of violating her probation.
A judge will review the matter and decide if she should return to prison.