BREAKING: New date set for Marissa Alexander trial
Attorneys representing Marissa Alexander got their wish granted when a judge ruled in favor of their request to have her trial rescheduled for July 28th.
Alexander’s attorney Bruce Zimet said the initial trial date of March 31st was too soon for adequate preparation.
He said he needs additional time to line up expert witnesses on Battered Women’s Syndrome, ballistics, and research into contested testimony at Alexander’s first trial.
In 2012, Alexander was sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing a warning shot over the head of her abusive husband. No one was injured during the incident.
She was denied Stand Your Ground protection and received the sentence under Florida’s Mandatory Minimum laws. After nearly three years in prison, Alexander was granted a new trial on the grounds that the first trial improperly forced her to prove her innocence.
She was released on bond Thanksgiving Day, and currently remains at home in Florida.
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