Yesterday we told you about Marissa Alexander, a Florida woman who was convicted for felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Mandatory minimum sentencing laws require that she be imprisoned for 20 years. But according to her account, all she did was stand her ground after her abusive husband had choked her and threatened to kill her. Her prosecutor was Angela Corey, the same state attorney who charged George Zimmerman with second-degree murder in the Trayvon Martin case.
Morbey’s Blog has Alexander’s own account of what happened:
In an unprovoked jealous rage, my husband violently confronted me while using the restroom. He assaulted me, shoving, strangling and holding me against my will, preventing me from fleeing all while I begged for him to leave. After a minute or two of trying to escape, I was able to make it to the garage where my truck was parked, but in my haste to leave I realised my keys were missing. I tried to open the garage but there was a mechanical failure. I was unable to leave, trapped in the dark with no way out. For protection against further assault I retrieved my weapon; which is registered and I have a concealed weapon permit. Trapped, no phone, I entered back into my home to either leave through another exit or obtain my cell phone.
She went into the kitchen, and then her husband met her there issuing more threats. According to Alexander, he said “Bitch, I will kill you” and began to make his way toward her. She fired the weapon into ceiling as a warning shot. He ran off, but reported to the police that she had shot at him and his sons.
Alexander also lists these facts in support of her self-defence claim under Florida’s controversial Stand Your Ground 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.
Alexander’s case is starting to get some attention from the media and from activists. There are sites like Justice For Marissa springing up to publicize her story.
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