Woman in Controversial Stand Your Ground Case Released on Bond

Marissa Alexander out on bail ahead of new trial

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Defense attorney Bruce Zimet, left, of Ft. Lauderdale, puts his arm out for Marissa Alexander as she arrives in court on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, at the Duval County Courthouse in Jacksonville, Fla.

The Florida woman caught in a controversial stand your ground case in Jacksonville is out on bond as she awaits a new trial.

Last year, Marissa¬†Alexander was handed a mandatory 20-year prison sentence firing what she claims was a warning shot during a domestic dispute in 2010. She later called on Florida’s stand your ground law to defend herself against charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon; however, the judge dismissed her self-defense claim.

The controversial law made international headlines after George Zimmerman used the statute as the backbone of his successful legal defense after shooting unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin dead in 2012.

[AP]

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