Free Marissa Alexander
  • Petitioned Angela Corey

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State Attorney, Fourth Judicial Circuit
Angela Corey
Florida Governor
Florida State Senate
Florida State House

Free Marissa Alexander

    1. Lincoln Alexander
    2. Petition by

      Lincoln Alexander

      Jacksonville, FL

(Paraphrased from Marissa's Letter) http://www.justiceformarissa.blogspot.com

Marissa Alexander is a mother of three children (twins plus one), and is presently incarcerated at the Pretrial Detention Facility in Jacksonville, Florida which is located in Duval county. She currently awaits sentencing because she wanted to save her own life. Marissa was convicted by a jury of 6 on 3 counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon with no intent to harm. Marissa Alexander did not have a criminal record before this incident.

Marissa's husband has a documented history of violence and domestic abuse toward women. The history of Marissa Alexander and her husband includes an injunction for protection against violence and was active during August 2010. In a jealous rage, Marissa's husband violently confronted her while she used the bathroom.  She was assaulted, shoved, strangled and held against her will. She was prevented from escaping and was not able to obtain her cell phone to call 911.

Her husband was asked to leave repeatedly. He and his two sons (Marissa's stepsons), were supposed to have exited through the front door but, did not. Her husband entered the kitchen wich leads to the garage and saw that Marissa was unable to leave via the malfunctioning garage door. Her husband yelled "Bitch I will kill you!" and charged toward her. Marissa had retrieved her liscensed and registered gun which she owned for years before even meeting her husband – from her vehicle. She held the weapon in her right hand down by her side as he yelled, "Bitch I Will Kill You! And charged toward her. In fear and desperation, Marissa Alexander lifted her weapon, turned away and discharged a single shot in the  ceiling. As she stood her ground – that single shot prevented him from doing that which he had threatened. He ran out of the house where he contacted police and falsely reported that Marissa Alexander shot at him and his 2 sons. The police took Marissa Alexander into custody.

The state of Florida has a self-defense law which includes the right to Stand Your Ground. Marissa Alexander did not receive immunity under this law.

Alexander's husband admitted that he was the agressor, threatened her life and was so enraged that he did not know what he would do – this being under sworn statement in November of 2010.

Alexander's husband was arrested for domestic violence twice – once for abuse against Alexander. That attack landed Alexander in the hospital.

Visit Marissa Alexander's blog for her story in her own words. – http://www.justiceformarissa.blogspot.com

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    • James Carrington MASSILLON, OH
      • about 1 month ago

      I am signing because of my own experience with this sort of thing, all of my years growing up....the loaded gun and butcher knife fights between my parents, the sheer HELL we were forced to endure on a daily basis, my own father's insidious, serial womanizing and cheating on my mother....in another day and time, like today, we would have been removed, adopted out, and would have never seen this kind of violence again. Unfortunately, this wasn't the case back in the late 1970's and early 1980's. I fully support this woman of strength and courage!

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    • Ernestine Kelly James JACKSON, LA
      • 3 months ago

      ok so it was alright for George Zimmerman to stand his ground and kill Trayvon Martin but its not ok for Marissa Alexander to protect herself against an abusive and crazy husband. Double Double Double standards Yall I'm jus sayin'

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    • Lady Moore-Sabb NEW YORK, NY
      • 3 months ago

      As a woman who has experienced abuse and had friends that experienced abuse I don't believe that the courts provide adequate protection for women.

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    • Efrain Gomez MIAMI, FL
      • 3 months ago

      Because I truely and honestly believe this women is innocent she did not harm or was close to harming anyone

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    • tomika fredericks BRONX, NY
      • 3 months ago

      being a victim of domestic violence I know what it is to be scared of the person that was your abuser

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