Ever since we heard about Trayvon Martin’s case there have been various similarities to his case found all over the country. None of them were using the “Stand Your Ground’ law though. A woman is now facing 20 years because she defended herself against her abuser with a gun registered in her name.
Marissa Alexander had been abused by her husband and one day she had enough. But when she fired a shot in their Jacksonville, Florida home, she was arrested and charged with “aggravated assault with a deadly weapon with no intent to kill.”
According to the Black Youth Project, in a recent blog post, Marissa was able to tell her side of the story:
“In an unprovoked jealous rage, my husband violently confronted me while using the restroom. He assaulted me, shoving, strangling and holding me against my will, preventing me from fleeing all while I begged for him to leave… For protection against further assault I retrieved my weapon; which is registered and I have a concealed weapon permit. Trapped, no phone, I entered back into my home to either leave through another exit or obtain my cell phone.
He and my two stepsons were supposed to be exiting the house thru the front door, but he didn’t leave. Instead he came into the kitchen that leads to the garage and realized I was unable to leave… The weapon was in my right hand down by my side and he yelled, “Bitch I will kill you!”, and charged toward me. In fear and desperate attempt, I lifted my weapon up, turned away and discharged a single shot in the wall up in the ceiling.”
Now Alexander is facing 20 years in prison and no one was shot or suffered any injuries. Is this an example of a double standard on the “Stand Your Ground” law? This crime has an opposing story from the husband. He claims that Alexander was not innocent as she appears. Under the alias of Mr. Smith, he gave an exclusive interview to Politic365.com, telling a very different story:
“I got my kids out of the house through the front door. We ran down the street. My son called the police on his cell phone and I called the police on my phone,” Alexander’s husband claims. He informed Politic365 he is a 36-year old self employed truck driver and that his wife Marissa is 31.
“Marissa didn’t come out of the house until 30 minutes later after SWAT had to be called out. SWAT had to get in touch with one of Marissa’s family members and SWAT had to tell Marissa if she didn’t come out in five minutes they were coming in there to get her. It wasn’t like she came out when the police got there,” Mr. Smith said.
But an even more interesting twist on the story comes from her first husband, Lincoln Alexander. He claims that the prosecutor on Trayvon Martin’s case, Angela Corey, had something to do with the direction of Marissa’s case, although she isn’t the prosecutor on her case. He has even set up a website to support her. He said she only shot a hole in the ceiling as a warning shot and that the husband was jealous of the relationship he maintained with his ex-wife.
This story has a lot of twists and turns and they all sound like Marissa Alexander is getting a raw deal on this law. If Zimmerman could walk scott free for months after actually killing someone, she should’ve never been arrested.
Check out the husband’s exclusive story and some other interesting details of this case here.