Lawmaker pushes for pardon for Marissa Alexander
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A state representative is leading a push for a pardon for Marissa Alexander.
Alexander is serving 20 years in prison for firing a gun in her home near her husband. She told the court he was abusive and the shot was just a warning.
State Sen. Dwight Bullard (D-District 39) sent letters to Attorney General Pam Bondi, CFO Jeff Atwater, and Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam asking them for their support in moving the pardon process forward.
State law requires an agreement from at least two cabinet members before a pardon can be initiated.
Alexander tried to use Florida's stand your ground law as a defense at her trial.
According to the State Attorney's Office, Alexander's defense was denied because a judge found she fired a shot through a wall at her husband and two stepchildren, in anger and not in fear.
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