Cortnee Brantley was freed from jail only to face a swarm of reporters and photographers as she walked out of the federal courthouse with her attorney and grandmother.
She also faces increasing pressure from prosecutors, because she is the only witness to the murders.
"We've been eager to sit down and tell about what she may know…it may not be what they want to hear," said Brantley's attorney Grady Irvin.
Legal experts like former federal prosecutor Eddie Suarez say that where immunity is concerned, it's a tough spot for both sides.
"You have her arrested and in federal court on a federal crime, and then you have the State investigation that's investigating the homicides. So it's critical for her to be able to get immunity from the federal prosecutors for those statements that she may make in the assistance of the state investigation, but which may be evidence of a crime that she committed," Suarez explained.
"Just let me get her home, just let me get her home," Grady pleaded as reporters peppered her with the same questions over and over.
Irvin says his client cried on the way to her mother's home, upset, he says, over what people are saying about her -- like reports she purposely ran over one of the officers when she sped from the scene, leaving Dontae Morris on the street.
"Cortnee, do you want to say anything about the officer you ran over?" yelled one reporter, who added, "say anything to their families?"
"If she had anything to say to the families, she'd tell them herself, not tell you," Irvin shot back.
Until now, all Irvin can do is keep his client's silence, but that, says Suarez, is a double-edged sword, considering the court of public opinion.
"Knowing that she had a deeper relationship with him, that she was in contact with him when he was on the run…I think that has turned public opinion greatly against her, and that's something that I think she needs to turn around if she's going to get a fair shake in this community," Suarez said.
Brantley is under strict orders to stay at home except for work, church, school and meetings with her lawyer. An electronic monitor tracks her every move, and if she violates the conditions, her mother and grandmother would lose their homes.
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