Marissa Alexander is taking matters into her own hands by proposing conditions that would expedite her release from jail.
The 33-year old Jacksonville mother of three has spent the last 2 years in jail serving time for a domestic violence dispute during which she fired a warning shot at her estranged husband, Rico Gray, Sr. who admitted that he had threatened to kill her.
“If my kids weren’t there, I knew I probably would have tried to take the gun from her,” Gray said. “If my kids wouldn’t have been there, I probably would have put my hand on her.” When Alexander’s defense attorney asked him what he meant by “put my hand on her,” Gray replied, “probably hit her. I got five baby mammas and I put my hands on every last one of them except for one.”
After rejecting a 3-year plea deal offered by Florida Special Prosecutor Angela Corey, Alexander was sentenced to 20 years to life in jail.
As previously reported by Hello Beautiful, a new bond hearing scheduled for Nov. 13 — because a judge ruled that there were errors in the jury instructions — was pushed back to January 15, 2014. The hearing will determine whether or not Alexander will remain behind bars, separated from her children, one who was only months old when she was arrested, until her trial scheduled for March 31, 2014. And possibly beyond if this unjustice system works as it typically does.
Read the terms of release that Alexander proposes below via ActionNewsJax.com:
Her defense team claims Alexander is not a threat to Gray anymore and provides a extensive list of exhibits showing that Gray is the one who is the danger. They say he threatened witnesses in the case. They also included text messages from the period after the 2010 shooting incident that they claim show Gray had no reason to fear Alexander.
“Don’t want you to feel like you will get in trouble for talk n to me,” said one text purportedly from Gray. “And save this text for the record (if i can’t have you, nobody can),” said another.
The prosecution called the texts “hearsay” documents and says the defense has not proven that Alexander is not a danger to Gray or his children. They also cited a battery incident involving Gray and Alexander months after the shooting, to which Alexander pleaded no contest.
“She presents nothing in the way of cause – good, fair or even marginal – to believe she has suddenly ceased to be a threat, that she would suddenly respect, rather than defy, court orders; that she would suddenly cease her attempts to intimidate, seduce or otherwise persuade Victim(s) to support her claims,” wrote the State Attorney’s Office.
Read more at ActionJaxNews.
The Free Marissa Now Mobilization Campaign is a grassroots efforts led by a core of organizers from all corners of the U.S. representing the African American/Black Women’s Cultural Alliance, New Jim Crow Movement – Jacksonville, Radical Women, INCITE!, Southern Freedom Movement, and the Pacific Northwest Alliance to Free Marissa Alexander. The campaign has launched the Free Marissa Freedom Fund on Indigogo to raise $10,000 to help pay costs of Alexander’s new trial.
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