Was Marissa Alexander Failed by the Justice System?
Alexander Claims Self-Defense
Like Zimmerman, Alexander maintained that she fired her weapon in self-defense. The 31-year-old mother of three testified that on Aug. 1, 2010, her husband physically abused her at their home. She testified that she ran into the garage and got the gun, returned inside and fired a "warning shot" into a wall to protect herself. Two of Alexander's children were with her husband as she fired a shot in his direction. (Photo: Courtesy of Florida State Attorney's Office)