A Florida appeals court is ordering a new trial for a woman sentenced to 20 years to prison after she fired a warning shot in a wall during a dispute with her husband.

The 1st District Court of Appeal ruled that a judge did not properly instruct the jury handling the case of Marissa Alexander.

But the appeals court also said the judge was right to block Alexander from using the state’s “stand your ground” law as a way to defend her actions.

Alexander had never been arrested before she fired a bullet at a wall one day in 2010 to scare off her husband when she felt he was threatening her. But the judge at her trial said her conviction on aggravated assault with a deadly weapon carried a mandatory 20-year sentence under state law.


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  • Tsaun

    I am praying that it all works out for her. No one deserves to be locked away for trying to defend themselves. And best believe if she was a white girl she would of gotten a slap on the wrist, if that! Smdh

  • Eyes Wide Shut

    Yup, Angela Corey was the same prosecutor on Alexander’s and the Trayvon Martin case. There was another case she was on that had the SAME exact outcome as Alexander’s case: Google “Ronald Thompson case”. A judge threw out the 20 yr sentence.

    I saw that she’s currently under investigation by the state.

    Stay tuned for I am sure there’s more to come.

  • WhatIThink

    Marisa was sentenced correctly. She went back into the house and shot at her husband AND kids. there was absolutely no reason for her to go back in the house if she felt her life was in danger. She could have just walked out of the house and called the cops if she was really threatened.

    Those folks who are championing this case as somehow an example of the justice system gone wrong need to check the facts. For example, why was she away for an extended period from her husband? What was she doing and who was she with? And should a husband not be concerned about this? Seriously. This is a silly case to be following and only waters down what is real injustice.

    • SayWhat

      1. Her babies were in the house, why should she leave her babies with an admitted abuser who might hurt her children? you must not be a parent.

      2. She was away from her husband because he is an abuser, he has admitted to it, he championed for her to be released, so why are you here trying to put her down?


    • WhatIThink

      Yes and she shot at those kids along with her husband. And the husband promptly took those kids out of the house to safety and called the cops. The bullet was in the wall not in the ceiling. She didn’t even call the police. And then she stayed in the house until the police got there. So sorry, she wasn’t trying to save her children and wasn’t threatened by anybody given that she had the gun.

      Sorry. Save me the pity party for Miss Alexander.

      There are numerous good articles about what happened online already. There is one on youtube called “the real story of Marissa Alexander” that runs the facts down quite well. This case absolutely does not belong in a discussion about George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin and injustice towards black people.

    • 53bandit

      1. Her babies were not in the house. The two kids in the house were his kids from another woman.

      2. No, she left her home within weeks of getting married. Partly because they were arguing over her not wearing her wedding ring when she took her kids to her ex-husbands family. It seems like she didn’t want her ex-husbands family to know she was re-married.

      The real truth of this case is really not hard to find. Please do some research and don’t just accept the headlines.