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Marissa Alexander trial moved to July

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Updated: 1/30 8:48 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Marissa Alexander will have to wait until this summer to find out if she will be sent back to prison or sent home a free woman.

Alexander faces a lengthy prison sentence if convicted of firing a gun at her estranged husband and his children.  She was convicted on those charges in 2012 and sentenced to 20 years in prison.  But last year, a judge granted her a new trial, citing faulty jury instructions.

Her trial was supposed to begin in March.  But Thursday, her attorney, Bruce Zimet, told the judge he needed more time to prepare. The judge agreed to push the trial back to July 28th.

Aleta Alson-Toure with the Alexander support group, Free Marissa Now, said she's OK with the delay.

"If it's what Zimet needs right now to make this the best trial, then OK," she said.

The ruling comes the same day Free Marissa Now announced a campaign to raise money for her defense fund.  They estimated they'll need $250,000.


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