JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Jacksonville woman who spent 21 months in jail after unsuccessfully invoking Florida’s “stand your ground” self-defense law as a defense for firing a gun at her husband is facing parole violation charges.
Prosecutors say Marissa Alexander violated her home detention by making short trips to places near her home. But Alexander’s attorney told the Florida Times-Union (http://bit.ly/1dwginP) for a story Tuesday that each trip was approved by parole supervisors. Alexander left jail on bond in November.
Alexander was denied immunity under the state’s self-defense law and sentenced to 20 years in prison. Her conviction was thrown out by an appeals court and a new trial set for next month.
The appeals court says the trial judge erred by putting the burden on Alexander to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that she was beaten by her husband and acted in self-defense.