Marissa Alexander Awarded New Trial!

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T-BOS

Atlanta, GA

#1 Sep 26, 2013
[9/26/13] Appeals court orders new trial for Marissa Alexander

She should have never been convicted in the first place. Hopefully this will lead to the RIGHT carriage of justice.

http://www.news4jax.com/news/appeals-court-or...

``A Florida appeals court is ordering a new trial for a woman sentenced to 20 years to prison after she fired a warning shot in a wall during a dispute with her husband, Rico Gray. She also had a restraining order against him.``
Johnny

Canyon Country, CA

#2 Sep 26, 2013
Read the arrest report. She's guilty!
Johnny

Canyon Country, CA

#3 Sep 26, 2013
State of Florida VS Marissa Danielle Alexander

http://www.scribd.com/doc/89763383/States-Mot...
Johnny

Canyon Country, CA

#4 Sep 26, 2013
Marissa Alexander

Marissa Alexander unsuccessfully claimed Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law as a defense against multiple counts of aggravated assault with a firearm. Alexander claimed she was protecting herself from an abusive husband.

According to court documents, Alexander got into an argument with her husband, Rico Gray, after Gray found text messages on Alexander’s phone to her ex-husband. Alexander claimed Gray initially prevented her from leaving the bathroom – where they were arguing – but at some point she was able to get by him and get away. Alexander fled the house, but when she got to her car in the garage, she realized she had left her keys inside. So she got her gun from the car and re-entered the house. Alexander told police the garage door was broken, and that’s why she didn’t exit that way. Police found no evidence proving the garage door wasn’t working properly.

When Alexander went back inside, she claimed Gray continued to threaten her so she fired a “warning shot” through the house -- which she fired in the direction of Gray, with his children nearby.

Alexander was convicted on multiple counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. A jury found the Jacksonville, Florida, woman guilty in just 12 minutes.
Johnny

Canyon Country, CA

#5 Sep 26, 2013
Self-defense claim

Alexander’s own actions were ultimately used against her self-defense claim. While she was out on bail, awaiting trial on her aggravated assault charges, Alexander was arrested for domestic battery against Gray. Although her bail contract specifically prohibited any contact between her and Gray, Alexander went to her husband’s house -- where she wasn’t living at the time -- and after an altercation, he ultimately called police.

When the police contacted Alexander about the incident, she first said she didn’t know what they were talking about, and she hadn’t been at the house, but later she stated that Gray attacked her because she wouldn’t stay with him overnight. Alexander never called police and later stated she was scared. According to police reports, Alexander had no injuries, but Gray had a bloody swollen eye and told police Alexander had punched him.

In Gray’s initial deposition to police, he said he would have hit Alexander if she had really tried to threaten him, in an effort to help her and get her potential sentence reduced. Alexander and Gray collaborated on that story while she awaited trial, but Gray later admitted that it wasn’t true and that she really did threaten him and did fire a shot at him.

In 2009, Alexander filed charges against Gray, claiming he tried to choke her, but she went to the Florida District Attorney’s Office and said that wasn’t really what happened and then all charges were dropped. According Richard Kuritz, attorney for Gray and his two children, Gray has never been convicted of any violent act toward Alexander. Kuritz said the only time Gray has been arrested for domestic violence was an incident involving his brother and those charges were also dropped.
Johnny

Canyon Country, CA

#6 Sep 26, 2013
The 'warning shot': Out of fear ... or anger?

Alexander stated she did not attempt to exit the house through any other door and said it was her right to stay and stand her ground in her own defense.

The problem with her defense was “she chose to come back in the house,” said Kuritz.

Alexander said when Gray threatened her, she felt her life was in danger, so she shot a “warning shot” in his direction, with his kids just around the wall behind him.

“A warning shot is when you shoot into the air, you shoot down on the ground, you don’t shoot straight at somebody 6 feet off the ground,” said Kuritz, in an interview with HLN’s Vinnie Politan on “HLN After Dark.”“[The shot] was at eye level with my client, right above his 12-year-old. When you have a 12-year-old child who testified to a jury that ‘I thought I was fixin’ to die,’ I’m sorry that is not a misdemeanor…When you shoot a gun that puts a 12-year-old child in fear for his life, that changes things and I think it was prosecuted appropriately.”
Johnny

Canyon Country, CA

#7 Sep 26, 2013
Considering Alexander’s actions leading up to firing the gun, on top of her decision to voluntarily contact Gray while awaiting trial, the judge rejected the use of “Stand Your Ground.”

Alexander would have had to prove there was a reasonable fear of severe bodily harm in order to prove the use of the “Stand Your Ground” law, however her actions may not have supported the idea that she had no other option than to shoot at Gray. Plus, legal experts have questioned why she would only fire a “warning shot” if she felt the use of deadly force was necessary. Alexander also never called police after the incident, which could have also been used against her claim that she feared for her life, especially when a judge considered that Alexander voluntarily continued to visit Gray’s home after she agreed to the no-contact restriction in her bail contract.
http://www.hlntv.com/article/2013/07/19/maris...
T-BOS

Atlanta, GA

#8 Sep 26, 2013
Her only crime was that she missed...she should've shot him.
Johnny

Canyon Country, CA

#9 Sep 26, 2013
The Marissa Alexander case is another shining example of how the media tells lazy people what to think.
hey

Rochester, NY

#10 Sep 26, 2013
She was an angry stupid woman that let her emotions overrule her and fired the gun in the room with her kids there next to their father. Her son testified he was scared to death and thought he was going to die. Heartbreaking.

She lied about being abused by her husband, no charges were ever made against him. He was the one that had a restraining order against her, he was the one that called 911.

She pretty much lied about everything and didn't even care about her kids.

Hopefully there is another guilty verdict.
T-BOS

Atlanta, GA

#11 Sep 26, 2013
The black man (ex-significant other) was probably getting ready to beat or even kill her. We can only go by what past historical evidence has shown us.

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#12 Sep 26, 2013
No one was killed, he shouldn't have been there, she has spent some time in prison and this should be her lesson not to try anything like this again, her going to jail for 20 years is ridiculous, I would understand if she went to his home and pulled this stunt but he was on her property and if he was never there it would not have happened, he's should go to jail. Saying she went back into the house well her children were there duh, Zimmerman not saying in the car should mean he should go to prison for 20 years.
grimlock

Columbia, MD

#13 Sep 26, 2013
T-BOS wrote:
Her only crime was that she missed...she should've shot him.
She is guilty but if she did kill him in front of her sons. She probably would have gotten a lesser sentence. She should be locked up but not for 20 years.
grimlock

Columbia, MD

#14 Sep 26, 2013
leilajoy wrote:
No one was killed, he shouldn't have been there, she has spent some time in prison and this should be her lesson not to try anything like this again, her going to jail for 20 years is ridiculous, I would understand if she went to his home and pulled this stunt but he was on her property and if he was never there it would not have happened, he's should go to jail. Saying she went back into the house well her children were there duh, Zimmerman not saying in the car should mean he should go to prison for 20 years.
Why should he go to jail. He was leaving the house with his boys. She went into the garage, entered her car and got the gun. Then she comes out firing at his head. She is just a bad shot. She attempted to kill him with her sons standing next to him. She is guilty. You can say she went women crazy like most do but 20 years seems like a bit too much.
grimlock

Columbia, MD

#15 Sep 26, 2013
T-BOS wrote:
The black man (ex-significant other) was probably getting ready to beat or even kill her. We can only go by what past historical evidence has shown us.
He was leaving the home. She was in no danger. Plus she had a history of abuse as well. She also repeatedly took him back and begged for him to come back. Some women like getting beat. Sad but true.
Johnny

Canyon Country, CA

#17 Sep 26, 2013
leilajoy wrote:
No one was killed, he shouldn't have been there,.
My Lord some of you people are truly ignorant!

Marissa had not been living at home with her husband for two months prior to the shooting.

And "HE" shouldn't have "been there"?? lol

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#19 Sep 26, 2013
Johnny wrote:
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My Lord some of you people are truly ignorant!
Marissa had not been living at home with her husband for two months prior to the shooting.
And "HE" shouldn't have "been there"?? lol
that's a bw,why are you entertaining this?

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#20 Sep 26, 2013
grimlock,you are one dumb fck!!!! if one of these nighur btches dont get you then a wm or bm will.stupid btch.

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#22 Sep 26, 2013
Norm wrote:
A WHITE teacher in FL RAPES a child and get 31 days. A BLACK woman fires a shot that hits NOBODY and gets 20 YEARS!
Tell me again you country is not racist.
bw gets pregnat by 14 yo boy and NO jail time or even a boo,the CCHILD gets the damm blame.smh


anyway,she shouldve shot the stupid black bstrd.he does what bm always do,accept bw back into their lives after all kinds of hell and abuse and near death calls because she said "im sorry,i didnt mean it,i lubbs you",POP POP POP!!!! she shoulda got em right between them bug azz eyes.and what gender are the kids?if they are male then you know she wanted to get them all.smh
Johnny

Canyon Country, CA

#23 Sep 26, 2013
I see that MSNBC is ecstatic over Marissa Alexander getting a new trial. People! She is not getting a new trial because she is innocent of the charges. She is getting a new trial simply because of a technicality. The judge did not give proper instructions to the jury.

“We reject her contention that the trial court erred in declining to grant her immunity from prosecution under Florida’s Stand Your Ground law,” wrote Judge James H. Daniel,“but we remand for a new trial because the jury instructions on self-defense were erroneous.”

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