Marissa Alexander will get a second chance to convince a jury that she feared for her life when she fired a warning shot to scare her abusive husband and that Florida’s “stand your ground” law should keep her out of prison.
The 1st District Court of Appeal overturned Ms. Alexander’s aggravated battery conviction and 20-year mandatory sentence, ruling that the trial judge made a fundamental error in the jury instructions on self-defense. Ms. Alexander will get a new trial, but not a second pre-trial hearing to determine if she should get immunity from prosecution under stand your ground.
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