May 11, 2012 -
Angela Corey, the special prosecutor in the Trayvon Martin killing, says the "stand your ground" law doesn't apply in the case of a Jacksonville woman who pleaded self-defense for a shot fired during a 2010 domestic dispute in her home. Marissa Alexander, a 31-year old mother of three, is scheduled to be sentenced on Friday. After being convicted of aggravated assault charges, she faces a mandatory sentence of 20 years. Her husband, Rico Gray, 36, admitted in a deposition to beating and choking women, including Alexander. "I got five baby-mamas and I put my hands on every last one of them except for one," he said. Alexander's case has touched a nerve in Jacksonville, where the NAACP is calling for a retrial. But Corey, the state attorney for Jacksonville, told the Huffington Post on Thursday that Alexander "was angry” when she fired the shot. "She was not in fear." Alexander invoked the "stand your ground" law in her unsuccessful defense, but Corey said the facts don’t support that claim. Although Alexander’s family and attorney have claimed that she fired a warning shot into the ceiling, Corey said a bullet hole in the wall shows the gun was aimed much lower – toward her husband and two of his children. "She didn’t fire into the ceiling," Corey said. "They are blatantly lying. She fired the shot toward the living room, where they were, at an adult that she was angry with. She might have been angry at him, but what if that bullet had struck one of those kids?" Three protests on Alexander's behalf are scheduled for Thursday night and Friday morning.
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