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A woman who is getting a new trial after being sentenced to 20 years in jail for firing a warning shøt at her husband was greeted by supporters at a Thursday court hearing.
Supporters of Marissa Alexander who were at a Duval County Courthouse on Thursday were disappointed that she was not released from jail. A bond hearing for Alexander has been set for Friday.
Those who rallied for Alexander said she should have been immediately released from jail because she was wrongfully convicted. Bruce Zimet, Alexander’s attorney, said he had not expected charges against her to be dropped at the Thursday hearing. His only hope is that Alexander will be granted bail at Friday’s hearing.
The Sisterhood of Survivors, a group of domestic viølence victims and survivors, was responsible for the rally for Alexander outside the courtroom, according to The Ledger.
An appeals court ordered a new trial for Alexander after determining that the judge committed an error with jury instructions.
Alexander was convicted in 2010 after firing what she says were warning sh0ts at her husband. She says she went to get her gun after her husband broke down a bathroom door where she went to get away from him. Prosecutors said that the sh0t Alexander fired was in the direction of her husband and children.
Although the court agreed to grant Alexander a new trial, it also agreed that Alexander cannot use a Stand Your Ground defense in the case.
“We reject her contention that the trial court erred in declining to grant her immunity from prosecution under Florida’s Stand Your Ground law,” wrote Judge James H. Daniel, “but we remand for a new trial because the jury instructions on self-defense were erroneous.”