Update #3 November 2, 2013
Prosecutor Corey did not drop Marissa’s case last week, so a new trial is scheduled to begin in March, 2014. However on November 8, the court will decide if Marissa, who’s been away from her children for nearly three years, will be able to live with them outside of prison in the meantime. Please keep the pressure on prosecutor Corey to drop the case and at least allow Marrissa to be with her children until she is finally acquitted.
Update #2 October 27, 2013
Advocates to free Marissa have just reported that the status hearing on her case has been moved to 9:00 a.m. on November 1. So the petition will now also go to Prosecutor Angela Corey insisting the prosecutor drop the case!
Update #1 September 27, 2013
Many thanks again to all who have signed this petition. It has just been reported that Marissa Alexander is going to receive a new trial! This is amazing news, but we must keep the pressure on so she can be pardoned and released. Please share this petition widely and we can send a strong message that the hypocrisy of “Stand Your Ground” laws will not be tolerated. Thank you!
About this Petition
The Stand Your Ground Defense failed domestic abuse victim Marissa Alexander – who didn’t shoot anyone.
Only after enduring a year of violence from her husband Rico Gray, who has a documented history of abuse, did she arm herself for protection.
The next threat came just nine days after giving birth to their daughter. Gray, in a rage, cornered her and threatened to kill her. But instead of shooting him, she aimed upward. The only thing she hit was the ceiling.
Gray ran into the street, claiming she threatened to kill him and his boys. Marissa, on his word alone, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
For protecting her life and children she was just sentenced to twenty years in prison, even though Gray has since admitted his intention to harm her. There’s no excuse for Florida to deny this responsible mother her freedom.
Marissa is currently in the process of appealing her conviction. Tell Governor Scott to PARDON Marissa NOW!