State Attorney’s Office sends email to State Legislators on Marissa Alexander case

As reported by the Jacksonville Times Union

breaking newsUnder the pdf headline “Marissa Alexander to her husband: “I’ve got something for your ass,” the email, sent out by Corey spokeswoman Jackelyn Barnard, said Corey wanted the legislators to have the information “should you be questioned about this North Florida case.”

Alexander, 33, is out on bond while awaiting a new trial on charges of firing a gun at her estranged husband and his two children. She was previously convicted of three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and sentenced to 20 years in prison, but that conviction was thrown out on appeal.

The email includes a three page pdf entitled “The truth about the Alexander case” that appears to be similar to a news release the State Attorney’s Office sent out last year.

The pdf points out that Alexander was arrested again for hitting Rico Gray, her estranged husband, months after she fired a shot at him. It also argues that Alexander was in the wrong when she fired at Gray, and was not in fear for her life as Alexander has alleged.

Attorney Bruce Zimet, who represents Alexander, said the facts of this situation are in dispute, and it’s wrong to say the state attorney’s version of what happened is “the truth.”

“We were certainly surprised and disappointed when we saw it,” Zimet said. “We don’t think it’s appropriate or factually accurate.”

The email was sent to thirteen state Sens. John Thrasher, Audrey Gibson, Rob Bradley and Aaron Bean and state Reps. Janet Adkins, Daniel Davis, Reggie Fullwood, Travis Hutson, Mia Jones, Charles McBurney, Lake Ray, Travis Cummings and Charles Van Zant.

All represent portions of Northeast Florida.

Gibson, a Democrat whose district includes portions of Duval County, said she was unhappy with the email.

“It was absolutely horrible, especially the mugshots,” Gibson said, referring to two separate mugshots of Alexander that were part of the email.

Other legislators could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

Gibson said she doesn’t understand why Corey’s office sent this email to her and the other legislators in a case that’s still pending, but assumes it is because of the “warning shot” bill, Gibson said.

The Legislature is considering a bill, inspired by Alexander, that would expand the Stand Your Ground law to grant immunity from prosecution to people who fire warning shots when they have a credible reason to believe their lives are in danger. Corey’s office has opposed that legislation.

Prosecutors have also disagreed with Alexander’s contention that she fired a warning shot, claiming the shot she fired hit the wall and not the ceiling. Lawyers for Alexander filed a new Stand Your Ground motion last week saying she was in fear for her life when she fired the shot.

A previous Stand Your Ground claim was rejected in 2011.

Zimet said in his Stand Your Ground motion that he intends to introduce new evidence showing Gray’s history of abuse against Alexander and other women. He will also argue that Gray’s two underage children testified falsely at the first Stand Your Ground hearing because they were afraid of their father.

Read the actual email sent to Florida legislators

Related: Timeline: A step-by-step look at the Marissa Alexander case

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