By Jueseppi B.
Marissa Alexander bonds out of jail
JACKSONVILLE, Fla — The Jacksonville mother convicted of shooting at her estranged husband has bonded out of jail.
Marissa Alexander was released just before midnight Wednesday. She is now under house arrest.
Alexander is awaiting a new trial for firing two shots near her estranged husband.
A judge ruled in September that Alexander would receive a new trial due to bad jury instructions given in her first trial.
Alexander and her attorneys say she fired the gun as a “warning shot.”
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Marissa Alexander of Jacksonville, Florida was convicted of aggravated assault in March 2012. She has now been granted a new trial in September after her conviction was thrown out by an appeals court judge who said the trial jury was given incorrect instructions on self-defense.
A new trial for the 31-year-old mother of three will begin next April.
The Jacksonville woman, who is black, argued self-defense under the “Stand Your Ground” law, which gives the benefit of the doubt to a shooter who feels threatened. In her case no one was injured and she was still convicted.
More than a year later George Zimmerman, who is half Latino and half white, used the same defense. In his case a black teenager was killed and he was not convicted.
Alexander hopes she will be released from jail after her bond hearing on Wednesday. As she awaits the new trial, her team of prosecutors say they will be prepared.
“The facts are facts,” Assistant State Attorney David Thompson said. “Facts don’t change. So we’re going to put the same facts to the law and give the proper jury instruction this time.”
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This is the best Thanksgiving that I have ever experienced. Enjoy your family Ms. Alexander. Well deserved. No Justice No Peace.
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