• Florida mom denied 'stand your ground' defense in warning shot case


    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A judge has denied a Jacksonville woman's request to use Florida's so-called "stand your ground" law as a defense for attempted murder charges that arose after she fired a gun at her husband.

    In an order dated earlier this month, Duval County Circuit Court Judge James Daniel rejected 33-year-old Marissa Alexander's request to use the defense at her retrial.

    Alexander was previously denied immunity under the state's self-defense law and sentenced to 20 years in prison.

    However, that conviction was thrown out by an appeals court, which ruled the trial court mistakenly put the burden on Alexander to prove her husband abused her and that she acted in self-defense.

    Alexander's new trial is scheduled to begin Dec. 1.

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