JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A new trial date has been set for the Jacksonville mother who tried to use the state's "Stand Your Ground" law as a defense for shooting at her husband. Jury selection in the case against Marissa Alexander is tentatively set to begin on March 31st. She had been sentenced to 20 years in prison after being convicted during the first trial in May 2012.
"Marissa is a very strong person," said Bruce Zimet, Alexander's attorney. "She is very well educated and has an incredible belief in the judicial system as well as in her own faith."
Alexander will remain behind bars at least until November 8th, when a bail hearing is set. The State Attorney's Office released a statement following the hearing, which reads:
The 1st District Court of Appeal ruled that a judge did not properly instruct the jury handling the case during the first trial.
"The State Attorney's Office has no intention of dropping the very serious charges against the defendant. The SAO will continue to pursue justice for our two child victims and their father who were endangered by the shot the defendant fired at them."
Alexander's case earned national attention because she tried to use the Stand Your Ground law as a defense.
She claimed her husband was abusive and threatened her during a dispute in 2010. She claimed she fired a gun as a warning shot with her husband and her two stepchildren nearby.
The State Attorney's Office said Alexander's defense under Stand Your Ground was denied because a judge found she fired the shot in anger and not in fear.
Alexander was also offered a plea deal for three years in prison, which she refused.
A jury ultimately convicted Alexander on three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. She received the maximum sentence of 20 years.
The appeals court did also state that the judge was right to block Alexander from using the state's "Stand Your Ground" law as a way to defend her actions.