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Stand Your Ground: Locals fight back, and win immunity

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Updated: 7/18/2013 7:54 am
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- After the jury found George Zimmerman not guilty in the death of Trayvon Martin, the Stand Your Ground law has sparked a lot of debate.

Even though Zimmerman's defense team didn't ask for a Stand Your Ground hearing, over one million people have signed a petition to repeal the controversial law.

"I don't think Stand Your Ground law is being fairly depicted," said Gonzalo Andux, a local criminal attorney who is now speaking out.

He says he's represented a fair share of clients who believed they stood their ground, and a court agreed with them.

"We had one in Duval County with a woman who was charged with attempted murder and was attacked and we were able to have a judge rule on that," said Andux.

He tells Action News the assailant wasn't breaking into the woman's home, but was told to leave and didn't. It is much like what happened for another victim in Clay County.

"There were two people lawfully in the house, there was one person that was not and he had been asked to leave. There was an argument and the judge found he had to use deadly force," said Andux.

A judge did not, however, grant immunity to Marissa Alexander. She is the woman who fired a shot at her ex-husband. Alexander claims she was in an abusive relationship and was firing a warning shot. We're told a lot of factors weigh into that decision, including whether the alleged attacker has a history of violence, whether they're armed and if the fear of death is within reason.

Because of the mandatory minimum law, Alexander is now serving 20 years. Even though it didn't apply in her case, Andux says the Stand Your Ground Law is a safeguard to that kind of harsh penalty.

"An impartial person, hopefully make a ruling that you're not guilty of this without subjecting yourself to 25 years in prison or more," said Andux.

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