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Prayer Vigil Draws Attention to Stand Your Ground Law

10:55 AM, Apr 30, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A prayer vigil outside the Duval County Courthouse focused attention on the state's Stand Your Ground law as a Jacksonville woman awaits a sentence that could put her behind bars for 20 years.

Marissa Alexander was convicted on three counts of aggravated battery.  She fired a warning shot at her ex-husband inside their home in 2010.

On Monday, Circuit Judge James Daniel said from the bench he will pass judgement on a request for a new trial on Thursday.

State Attorney Angela Corey made an appearance in the courtroom during Alexander's brief  hearing. 

Alexander's attorney, Kevin Cobbin, said the state's "Stand Your Ground" law applies in this case.

"I am not surprised the whole country is not behind Miss Alexander," said Cobbin following the hearing.

Prosecutor Nick Lake declined comment.

Marissa's mother, Helen Jenkins, who participated in the vigil saying her daughter, "doesn't know what to expect."

Jenkins along with a handful of supporters believe Alexander acted in self defense and that the state's Stand Your Ground law should have applied.

A judge dismissed the defense prior to Alexander's trial.

Alexander fired a warning shot when her husband and his two small children were in the room.  According to court documents, a fight started and Alexander went to the garage to get her  handgun.

Instead of leaving she returned to the kitchen and fired a shot.

Linda Dayson with Hurting Families joined the vigil.  She believes Alexander acted in self defense.

"(We) need to get this law straight," said Dayson following the vigil.

Alexander's next hearing on a motion for retrial is set for Thursday, May 3, at 8:30 a.m.

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