By Kevin Deutsch
Yvonne Serrano, the Coral Springs mother accused of killing a 21-year-old woman in 2019, was released from jail in June and currently resides in a Broward halfway house while awaiting trial, newly filed court records show.
In an order signed June 17, Broward Circuit Judge Barbara Duffy granted a motion by Serrano’s lawyers allowing her entry into the unidentified halfway house, with the requirement she wear a GPS tracker and alcohol sensor 24 hours a day.
Serrano must remain “inside her designated apartment at all times unless being escorted by an employee or staff member” of the facility “to a program meeting, activity or function,” the order states. It also allows for medical and attorney visits.
The court initially granted Serrano her release from Broward County Jail on a $20,000 bond in May 2020, ordering her into alcohol rehabilitation at Gracious Care Recovery Solutions in Deerfield Beach. But as rehab workers prepared to transport Serrano from jail, “several local news stations” showed up outside the rehab, leading administrators to refuse her entrance, according to court records.
“As a result of the media presence outside the facility, program administrators became alarmed and concerned for the protection and confidentiality of their existing client/patient base,” so they “declined to transport and accept her,” Serrano’s lawyers wrote. “As such, [Serrano] has remained incarcerated since the Court has entered its order granting bond in May of 2020.”
Serrano’s lawyers said they spent nearly a year trying to get her into a comparable treatment program before requesting her release into the halfway house.
“Her children are anxious for her release so that she can get further treatment and counseling,” Serrano’s lawyers wrote in their successful motion.
Serrano, 53, allegedly shot Daniela Tabares Maya to death after Maya volunteered to drive Serrano home from World of Beer due to her being too intoxicated to drive on November 23, 2019.
The act of kindness ended with Serrano calling police around 6 a.m., initially claiming, “There’s a car in my driveway with a dead body.”
According to police, Serrano shot Maya, of Coral Springs, with a 9 millimeter Sig Sauer P365 pistol, which Serrano allegedly took out the night of the killing. Serrano had a conceal carry permit, and police found the weapon in Serrano’s bedroom, where she said she had placed it between pillows.
Blood was found on the Sig Sauer, and its holster, police reported.
Serrano and Maya were part of a large group of friends who attended the same gym, Training for Warriors in Coral Springs. They went out to see a movie and socialize before Maya gave Serrano a ride home.
Serrano was initially charged with Second-Degree Murder and Tampering with Physical Evidence, including deleting footage from her RING doorbell camera, prosecutors said. The murder charge has since been downgraded to manslaughter.
Serrano has pleaded not guilty.
The next scheduled court date in her case is Sept. 30.
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- Kevin Deutsch is an award-winning crime journalist and author. A graduate of Florida International University, Kevin has worked on staff at The Miami Herald, New York Daily News, and The Palm Beach Post.
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