Her husband had a history of domestic abuse and even beat her while she was pregnant.
After yet another beating, Alexander fired a warning shot into the ceiling. That shot saved her life.
Prosecutor Angela Corey did not take into account that Marissa Alexander:
- Had a court injunction against her crazed husband,
- Had Given Birth 9 Days Earlier,
- Was trained to use a weapon and earned a concealed weapons permit.
Here is more courtesy of the blog Justice for Marissa:
Below are the facts of my concern with the incorrect way the law was applied and ultimately the injustice in my case.
- The alleged victim, my husband, under sworn statement in November 2010, admitted he was the aggressor, threatened my life and was so enraged he didn’t know what he would do.
- The alleged victim, my husband, was arrested for domestic violence two times, once for abuse against me. The attack against me was so violent; I ended up in the hospital.
- Prior to my arrest, I told the office I was in fear for my life due to the prior violence against me. I also told the officer there was a domestic injunction in place to protect me against abuse from the alleged victim. This information was written in detail by the officer in my arrest report, but ignored for some unknown reason.
- In July of 2011, a hearing was held, where I along with the alleged victims testified as it relates to the stand your ground law and its immunity from prosecution.
- After the hearing, Judge Elizabeth Senterfitt denied my motion, citing that I could have exited the house thru the master bedroom window, front door, and/or sliding glass back door. The law specifically states: No duty to retreat.
- My attorney entered a standing objection on the record to the ruling and we proceeded to trial.
- During that time, Angela Corey, our State Attorney met with the alleged victims. I also along with my attorney met with Angela Corey, John Guy, and then prosecutor Christen Luikart. I justified my actions to them and the truth as I have told it has remained the same.
- Knowing our prior domestic abuse history, Angela Corey was hard pressed for the minimum mandatory, which provisions allow for prosecution to wave those stipulations. I was not guilty, nor did I believe that was fair and just under the circumstances. She also allowed for those same provisions in the State vs. Vonda Parker, same charges different circumstances which did not include self-defense.
- Florida uses a law commonly known as 10-20-life as a sentencing guideline when a felony takes place with the use of a weapon. Under this statute, my felony charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to harm carries a twenty year mandatory sentence.
- Stand your ground law has been applied in multiple recent incidents, the following is just a couple of incidents. Carl Kroppman Jr was allowed to use this law to avoid being arrested/charged during a road rage incident on the Buckman Bridge in Jacksonville, FL in August of 2011. Marqualle Woolbright of Ocala, FL avoided murder charges due to the stand your ground law when he shoot and killed someone.
Now we have to remember that this is but one person's account of this incident, and we have not heard all of the evidence that the Florida justice system had at their disposal in making this determination of guilt.
However having said that, considering that this woman was being brutally attacked by a man with a history of domestic abuse, was trained to use and licensed to carry a concealed handgun, and did NOT blow this man away, how is it that SHE is headed to prison for defending herself, while George Zimmerman, and man who chased a seventeen year old boy and shot him to death, was able to use the Stand your Ground law to walk free for almost a month and a half before being charged with second degree murder?
Part of me wonders if she would have received a lighter sentence if she had killed her husband instead of just warning him off. Is the Florida justice system really that backward?