Marissa Alexander: New trial ordered for woman in controversial warning-shot case
3:07 PM, Sep 26, 2013
(CNN) -- An appellate court has ordered a new trial for Marissa Alexander, a 31-year-old mother of three, who was sentenced to 20 years in prison last year for firing a warning shot in an effort to scare off her abusive husband.
Alexander unsuccessfully tried to use Florida's controversial "stand your ground" law to derail the prosecution, but a jury convicted her of aggravated assault after just 12 minutes of deliberation.
The case gained the attention of civil rights leaders who say the African-American woman was persecuted because of her race.