Supporters of a woman who was sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing a warning shot over her estranged husband’s head will have to wait a little longer to find out if she will be freed. Marissa Alexander was granted a new trial in September after a judge found errors in the way that information was passed down to the jury.
Her bond hearing was scheduled for Wednesday, the second delay in the court proceeding. Unfortunately the state ruled that Alexander should remain incarcerated. Judge James Daniel has scheduled another pretrial hearing for Jan. 15, due to a backlog of cases.
Marissa Alexander’s attorneys argued in a Jacksonville, Fla., court Wednesday that she should be granted bond pending trail because there is no longer animosity between her and her ex-husband. The state appeals court has said that the judge was correct to bar Alexander from using the Stand Your Ground defense, but ordered a new trial because the trial judge gave “erroneous” instructions to the jury regarding self-defense.
State Attorney Angela Corey, who also prosecuted George Zimmerman, argued that Alexander should be denied Stand Your Ground because she acted in anger. Alexander’s retrial is scheduled for March 31.
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