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Marissa Alexander, the Florida woman who had attempted to use the controversial “Stand Your Ground” law at her trial but failed, has now been released on bond while she awaits a new trial.
If you’re not familiar with Marissa’s case, she really started making national headlines when the George Zimmerman trial concluded this past year. Many people were outraged at the Zimmerman verdict, and a comparison between her case and Zimmerman’s went viral.
In 2012, Marissa Alexander got into an argument with her husband, who she claimed was abusive. During the argument, she retrieved her gun and fired a warning shot into the wall. No one was hurt in the incident, but she was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. She tried to invoke Florida’s now-infamous “Stand Your Ground” law, which essentially allows you to use deadly force if you feel threatened, but the judge ruled against it.
The jury took 12 minutes to convict her, and the judge sentenced her to 20 years in prison. Part of the outrage stemmed from the fact that no one was hurt in the firing of her gun and she received 20 years, however, Trayvon Martin lost his life, and Zimmerman was fully acquitted.
In September, an appeals court ruled that Marissa would get a new trial, because the judge gave improper jury instructions, and on Wednesday, she was released on a $200,000 bond.
Her new trial has been set for March 31, 2014.
UPDATE: 2/3/14 8:47 AM
Marissa’s new trial has been pushed back to July 28, 2014. Jury selection will begin on July 21.