Marissa Alexander Denied New Hearing
After much rallying for reconsideration, a Florida judge has ruled against providing Marissa Alexander with a new “Stand your ground” hearing.
In 2012, Alexander, now 33, fired a warning shot during a confrontation with her abusive husband in order to run him away.
However, as warning shots were not covered by “Stand Your Ground” laws, she was prosecuted for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and obtained a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years in prison.
Alexander’s defense team asserted that her case deserved another hearing because there was new evidence to be considered, The Root reports.
Still, Circuit Judge James Daniel argued that there was not a substantial amount of new evidence and that “the basic outlines…have not changed at all.” Daniel also added that the recent addition of warning shots under Stand Your Ground provisions does not count for Alexander.
On Aug. 1, the date of the hearing, Alexander faces up to 60 years behind bars.