• Free Marissa Alexander protest downtown


    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - People are gathering outside the courthouse downtown for a protest to free Marissa Alexander.

    Just last week, a judge denied a stand your ground hearing for Alexander.

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    She is facing a new trial on aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charges after her previous conviction was overturned by an appeals court.

    That court found the trial judge issued faulty jury instructions regarding self-defense.

    Alexander is accused of firing shots in the direction of her husband and stepchildren.


    The State Attorney's Office sent Action News this statement on Monday afternoon: 

    "State Attorney Angela Corey has a duty to protect this community from those who commit violent acts against others.  She also has a responsibility to seek justice for all victims in the Fourth Judicial Circuit, and she will continue to do so.

    This special interest group has repeatedly asked for charges to be dropped in the Marissa Alexander case.  This same group has claimed - "Marissa Alexander was originally denied the use of Stand Your Ground laws to defend herself in court."  The facts are - Ms. Alexander had a full Stand Your Ground hearing in 2011. The judge ruled the defendant shot in anger rather than fear and was not "standing her ground."  The First District Court of Appeal affirmed this decision.  Recently, Judge Daniel ruled there will not be another Stand Your Ground hearing.   The State stands ready to take this case to trial."

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