Retrial Denied for Florida Woman’s “Stand Your Ground” Claim

Despite Marissa Alexander's claims that she feared for her life, her conviction will remain. 

Posted: 05/04/2012 12:00 PM EDT

Marissa Alexander, who claims she lawfully “stood her ground” when she fired a warning shot at her husband during a domestic dispute, will not be granted a new trial, ruled a Florida judge. The Florida Times-Union writes:

“Circuit Judge James Daniel denied all ... pleas for a new trial, repeatedly referring to the accounts of two witnesses who did testify about [Alexander’s husband’s] violent reputation."

[Alexander’s attorney] Cobbin argued that the court also erred in denying Alexander immunity in a Stand Your Ground hearing in July 2011.

‘There's no set standard as to what you do when you're in fear,’ said Helen Jenkins, Alexander's mother. "Actually, he's still alive. That speaks well of her.’”

Alexander is scheduled to be sentenced on May 11. She faces a maximum of 20 years in prison.

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