Florida Mom Denied 'Stand Your Ground' Defense

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
A judge has denied a Jacksonville woman

Marissa Alexander of Jacksonville, Fla., received a 20-years prison sentence, Friday, May 11, 2012, for firing warning shots against her allegedly abusive husband. The judge rejected a defense under Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law. / WETV

News Release: Associated Press
July 22, 2014

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- A judge has denied a Jacksonville woman's request to use Florida's "stand your ground" law as a defense for attempted murder charges that arose after she fired a gun at her husband.

In an order dated earlier this month, Duval County Circuit Court Judge James Daniel rejected 33-year-old Marissa Alexander's request to use the defense at her retrial.

Alexander was previously denied immunity under the state's self-defense law and sentenced to 20 years in prison.

However, that conviction was thrown out by an appeals court, which ruled the trial court mistakenly put the burden on Alexander to prove her husband abused her and that she acted in self-defense.

Alexander's new trial is scheduled to begin Dec. 1.


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