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Judge says he needs more time to decide on Alexander's bond

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Updated: 11/13/2013 8:04 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Marissa Alexander has been sitting in jail for almost three years for a crime she says she didn't commit.

In August of 2010, just weeks after giving birth to her third child, she said she grabbed her gun and fired a warning shot inside her home in an effort to escape an abusive husband.

Supporters like Ahynte Heard said it's a clear case of self-defense.

"A young lady, who's registered as a gun owner, fires a warning shot towards the ceiling. In no way shape or form could that bullet injure or harm anyone," he said.

But prosecutors said she was the aggressor. Because of that, an attempt to use the stand your ground defense failed.

Last year, Alexander was convicted of aggravated assault and given the mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years in prison.

Action News spoke with Alexander's husband, Rico Gray, shortly after the sentencing.

He said, "I absolutely thought I was going to die in front of my kids."

Gray said Alexander was not the victim she claims to be. He showed a picture of a swollen eye, an injury he says Alexander gave him.

"I never put my hands on Marissa Alexander," said Gray.

His attorney, Richard Kuritz, said he believes Alexander should remain in jail until her new trial on March 31.

He said, "Listen, he does not believe the 20 years is appropriate. But he believes she needs to accept responsibility for what she did. He's the victim, not her."

Soon, Alexander will get another chance to make her case. Citing faulty jury instructions, an appellate court has granted her a new trial.

Her story has garnered national attention and put Florida's controversial stand your ground law in the spotlight once again.

Heard said, "She was innocent. I don't see how any person in their right mind, stable-bodied creature, could see how a woman who's been abused by a man before wouldn't feel threatened or wouldn't feel the need to defend herself in that situation."

The judge said he'll make a decision on Alexander's bond before a Jan. 15
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