Marissa Alexander In Court, Seeking ‘Stand Your Ground’ Immunity

Source: Morgan Whitaker / theGrio

Marissa Alexander will learn next month whether she will be allowed to seek immunity under Florida’s “stand your ground” law.

Judge James Daniel announced a hearing will be held May 16 to determine if the Jacksonville mother will be able to have a “stand your ground” hearing that could potentially grant her immunity under the controversial Florida law, rather than going to trial again, according to various reports.

Alexander has been charged with three counts of aggravated assault stemming from a 2010 incident in which she fired what she described as a warning shot in the direction of her estranged husband and two of his children. Alexander was convicted on those charges in 2012, but Judge Daniel ordered a retrial last fall after determining that the jury instructions in her original trial were erroneous.

Alexander’s lawyer Bruce Zimet filed motions last month indicating he plans to seek immunity for Alexander under Florida’s “stand your ground” law. If successful, he could prevent the case from going to trial entirely. Alexander sought and was denied “stand your ground” immunity in her 2012 trial, and Judge Daniel indicated in his order for a retrial he agreed with the original decision, but Zimet contends the original hearing “suffered from an incomplete evidentiary record.”

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