Marissa Alexander, the Florida woman who fired a warning shot at her husband and was sentenced to 20 years in prison as a result, will appear at a bail hearing this Friday to learn if she will be set free, The Florida Times-Union reports.
Alexander made her first court appearance last Thursday after the 1st District Court of Appeal threw out her conviction for three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and 20-year prison sentence for firing a shot in the direction her husband and two stepchildren.
The 33-year-old Jacksonville woman has maintained her innocence since being convicted of the crime in March. She insists the shot she fired was in self-defense against her husband, Rico Gray, who she says was attacking her at the time. Gray’s two children from a previous relationship were in the room when Alexander fired the shot.
The appellate court ruled that Circuit Judge James Daniel made a mistake when shifting the burden to Alexander to prove she was acting in self-defense. He told the jury that she had to prove she was being battered by Gray, but the appellate court ruled that the prosecution had to prove Alexander was not acting in self-defense.
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