Marissa Alexander was sentenced to 20 years in prison after she fired a gun over the head of her abusive husband during a violent confrontation in 2010.
Thanks to human error, she will get a new trial.
Alexander made clear that she feared for her life during the incident. Gray had twice been arrested for domestic abuse against Alexander; one of those times included an attack during a time when Alexander was pregnant. An appeals court ruled that the jury received flawed instructions—which means Alexander will get a new trial. The case against Alexander was prosecuted by Angela Corey—the same attorney who also oversaw the prosecution in the George Zimmerman murder trial that resulted in a jury finding Zimmerman not guilty in connection to the killing of Trayvon Martin. The cases drew striking parallels about Florida’s justice system.
Supporters of Alexander are demanding that she be released pending the new trial.
The justice system has yet another chance to get it right.
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