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Jacksonville pastors call for original plea deal in Marissa Alexander case

Posted: March 24, 2014 - 6:50pm  |  Updated: March 25, 2014 - 7:02am
Marissa Alexander stands outside the Duval County Courthouse with her lawyers Bruce Zimet (L) and Faith Gay (R) during a press conference after she remained released on bond after the hearing. On Friday Jan. 10, 2013 Circuit Judge James Daniel listened to testimony as to whether he should revoke Marissa Alexander's bond.
The Florida Times-Union, Bob Mack
Marissa Alexander stands outside the Duval County Courthouse with her lawyers Bruce Zimet (L) and Faith Gay (R) during a press conference after she remained released on bond after the hearing. On Friday Jan. 10, 2013 Circuit Judge James Daniel listened to testimony as to whether he should revoke Marissa Alexander's bond.

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Saying the community needs to move on and deal with violent crime, Jacksonville area pastors are calling for State Attorney Angela Corey to offer Marissa Alexander the same plea deal she rejected before she was originally convicted of three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Alexander, 33, rejected a deal that would have sent her to prison for three years. She was later convicted and sentenced to 20 years, but that conviction was overturned on appeal.

“Given that she’s been granted a chance at a retrial, she should have the chance at a redo,” said the Rev. Mark Griffin of Wayman Ministries.

Attorney Bruce Zimet, who represents Alexander, has previously said she would listen to all offers from prosecutors. Alexander could face 60 years in prison if she’s convicted again.

If the same plea deal was offered now, Alexander would likely be a free woman in a matter of months because of time already served. She was in jail and prison from February 2011 to November 2013. She was released on bond last year after her conviction was overturned after an appeals court ruled the judge improperly instructed the jury on how it should consider her claims of self-defense.


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Alexander was convicted on charges of firing a gun at her estranged husband, Rico Gray, and two of his children. She said it was a warning shot.

Alexander’s trial, now scheduled for July 28, is expected to be a national media frenzy, a prospect Griffin dreads following the trials of Michael Dunn in Jacksonville and George Zimmerman in Sanford.

“A third racially polarizing trial would not be good for blacks or whites in this community,” he said. “We have been in the national and international spotlight for all the wrong reasons.”

No matter what the verdict, nothing good will come out of this trial for Jacksonville, Griffin said.

The Rev. Marvin McQueen II of First Missionary Baptist Church in Jacksonville Beach said the city needs to address its growing crime problem, and that is difficult with the Alexander case sucking up all the attention.

“This is a chance to begin the healing and benefit the community,” he said.

The Rev. Kenneth Adkins of Greater Dimensions Christian Fellowship in Brunswick, Ga., said black-on-black crime needs to be addressed and the pastors need to discuss ways to find improvement with law enforcement. He said that becomes easier if the Alexander case is done.

“The city isn’t getting a chance to heal,” Adkins said.

The State Attorney’s Office did not respond to a request for comment Monday, but last week the office told WJXT TV-4 that the State Attorney’s Office does not extend plea offers publicly.

Griffin said the call for a plea deal shouldn’t be taken as support for Alexander or a criticism of the state attorney, but as a call for everyone to do what is right.

Griffin was a vocal figure in the Jacksonville anti-crime initiative that occurred after 8-year-old DreShawna Davis was killed in 2006. One of his reasons for speaking out now is concern that the community is reverting back to the type of crime that occurred then.

Larry Hannan: (904) 359-4470

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ToTellTheTruth
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ToTellTheTruth 03/24/14 - 07:38 pm
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"A third racially polarizing

"A third racially polarizing trial would not be good for blacks or whites in this community". How come people, mostly the black ministers, consider that this case has anything to do with race? The suspect is black and all three victims are black. I don't see race in the equation. Is it that the blacks are discreetly threatening violence if MA is found guilty. Why doesn't the black community stand up and support the 3 black victims in this case? Maybe it just wouldn't fit their agenda. Ms. Corey should not offer her the original deal and the reasons are as followed:

1. She already put everyone through a full blown SYG hearing and a jury trial.
2. She committed perjury during both hearings which is another felony.
3. She violated community control when out on bond.

Considering the above I think somewhere within a couple of years of the original offer followed by probation would be fair.

If Ms. Corey would go back to the original offer, then how many other defendants would be asking for the same thing.

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PhDBlack 03/24/14 - 08:00 pm
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Well, well Rev. Mark Griffin

Well, well Rev. Mark Griffin and the rest is this really because you realize that Marissa was wrong.....and if she goes before another jury she most likely will be in prison for a long time...lets just hope a plea deal is offered......I bet it will be more than three years this time.......

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Libertariandude 03/24/14 - 08:05 pm
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The woman just looks mean,

The woman just looks mean, mean I tell ya !

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The Novak Effect 03/24/14 - 11:35 pm
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"I don't see race in the

"I don't see race in the equation. Is it that the blacks are discreetly threatening violence if MA is found guilty."

-NotBornYesterday-

That is the textbook example of projection. This poster and these pastors are nothing close to bringing any sense to this. The pastors have a platform to speak from weekly, but have not lead. They are no better than the negative people that project their own self hatred.

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Morris_reader 03/25/14 - 01:45 am
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The pastors request is fair

The pastors request is fair and reasonable.

Marissa has already served 3 years in jail. Ms. Cory has an opportunity to show the community some goodwill using her discretion to grant time served. This would be a win win for both sides and save tax payers money. It would allow the state attorney to regain public trust and focus on more important upcoming trials.

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finder 03/25/14 - 06:10 am
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Seems to me the real problem

Seems to me the real problem is the lawyers. They are the ones that convinced her not to take the plea the first time around. They were more concerned with making a name for themselves by trying to beat the charges. They have made a boat load of cash off this woman and she is too stupid to realize that the only concern they have is their paycheck.

My guess is they are still trying to convince her that she can beat this.

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bigeasyz 03/25/14 - 06:43 am
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Why in the world dose this

Why in the world dose this lady deserve a mulligan. For once the SAO has under charged someone. She should be charge with 3 counts of attempted murder.

I find it funny that most of the Pastors protest against SYG but in this case they want to use it to get her off..

Have you every notice that black folks are always the victim even when they are the ones breaking the law...

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MaryW 03/25/14 - 07:27 am
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@Morris -- Hate to tell ya',

@Morris -- Hate to tell ya', but this action by the SAO would be more than a "slight scratch" in an effort for the "SAO's to regain public trust". The public trust factor for this office will not be any better until AC is no longer in office.

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revgrifcpa 03/25/14 - 08:10 am
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RichardMan, If you don't

RichardMan,

If you don't think I have led, you should check my record. I have never and will never threaten violence, discreetly or overtly. This is about healing our city, not hurting.

Rev. Mark Griffin

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Max mutt 03/25/14 - 08:50 am
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Not Born - agree with you -

Not Born - agree with you - longer plea deal would accomplish a lot.
The race question , of course does apply here BECAUSE OF THE PERCEPTION OF UNEQUAL JUSTICE!
There is an automatic and media driven connection to the Dunn case where white kills black and hung jury versus black shoots at black with NO INJURY and gets 20.
No evidence for attempted murder because she did not empty her gun or chase down her husband.
The only purpose of one wild shot is to scare someone otherwise she would have taken better aim and kept shooting.

Not and never was a SYG case.
I don't know the lawyers pushed Alexander to refuse the first deal, I think she made that decision.

Retrial is a waste and a somewhat longer plea deal should bid snapped up by Alexander.

Best comment by far????!!!!!

"The woman just looks mean, mean I tell ya "

CLASSIC!

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gunny48.5 03/25/14 - 09:06 am
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Waste of time & money but she

Waste of time & money but she does not deserve the worst case sentencing. I do agree that she is being manipulated by her legal team. I expect to see her in front of a judge again whenever she is released due to her lack of judgment.

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gunny48.5 03/25/14 - 09:09 am
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"Best comment by

"Best comment by far????!!!!!

"The woman just looks mean, mean I tell ya "

If you look at her original booking photos she certainly does!

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reallydude 03/25/14 - 09:14 am
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Black people, Lets just be

Black people, Lets just be honest...

She deserves to be in jail because she broke the law. The SAO attempted to offer her a plea deal in the first place because when it came down to it, after the warning shot arrest and bail was posted, she still went back to the residence and assaulted Mr. Gray. I do feel 60 years is extremely over the top however, once the first plea deal was turned down, she took her chances like everyone else whos case goes to trial. SHE LOST, GET OVER IT....

I cant believe the actual pastor/rev posted on here. And to start off by saying "If you don't think I have led, you should check my record." If it really is you, then your record means nothing once you place yourself on that pedestal. It now calls into question everything you do. Whether you do it for your own personal gain or really want to see the community change. Where is the humility?

And another thing, is that Mikhail Muhammad in the background... The guy who put $10,000 on George Zimmermans head....

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Ben 03/25/14 - 09:16 am
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The Florida legislators have

The Florida legislators have passed the Warning Shot bill which will certainly help Ms. Alexander's case.

http://www.jaxdailyrecord.com/showstory.php?Story_id=542534

"After a nearly two-hour debate that focused on Florida’s controversial “stand your ground” law, the House easily passed a bill that would expand the self-defense law to include threatened use of force — including showing a gun or firing a warning shot.

The measure (HB 89) by Rep. Neil Combee, R-Polk City, would extend immunity to people who threaten to use force in self-defense the same immunity already in law for those who actually shoot people in response to perceived threats.

It passed in a 93-24 vote after a floor debate filled with the names of people associated with gun-related crimes that sparked public outrage in Florida, especially Marissa Alexander, a Jacksonville woman who faces the possibility of 60 years in prison for firing a shot into the wall during a domestic dispute.

The proposal has become known as the “warning shot” bill, although Combee said Thursday that people who call it that “do a terrible disservice to the general public if they put the notion out that this bill somehow or other authorizes or encourages warning shots, because it does not. We specifically did not put ‘warning shot’ in the bill.”

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Morris_reader 03/25/14 - 09:56 am
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Let's not forget Ronald

Let's not forget Ronald Thompson, the disabled Army vet who is serving 5 years for a waning shot into the ground. Initially Cory offered 3 years but because he refused they went to trial and got 20 years. The man was almost blind and very ill in jail so a judge threw away the sentence and sent him to the VA hospital. Instead of offering the initial 3 years plea deal again which he would have served already, the Jacksonville prosecutor offered a 5 year plea deal which Thompson took this time to avoid another trial. The poor man served this country 14 years and will have to languish in jail for another 2 years. He is old and frail.

Is this real justice or revenge? Is this a wise spending of scarce tax payer money while violent crime is skyrocketing in Jacksonville?

Read more about Mr. Thompson's injustice.
http://www.gainesville.com/article/20120614/ARTICLES/120619789

http://famm.org/ronald-thompson/

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flusher 03/25/14 - 10:39 am
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Suddenly they realize that

Suddenly they realize that this babe is in some deep trouble.

btw, I think she looks cute and cuddly.

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saltmarsh cracker 03/25/14 - 02:56 pm
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Reverend Griffin, welcome to

Reverend Griffin, welcome to the site…

I'd like to see you become active in our homeowner's association.

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The Novak Effect 03/25/14 - 11:29 am
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revgrifcpa, I posted the

revgrifcpa, I posted the quote from NotBornYesterday. He is projecting his self hatred onto African Americans, since no one has spoken about what he stated.

I have an issue with you, revgrifcpa, and others that state this will help heal this city. The reality of the unjust justice system placing the burden of longer sentences on African Americans, constantly. Allowing this to continue only because the worst city in Florida, for justice for African Americans, would look like the that to the world. That is no defense for the truth.

As the posters to this story have shown, reallydude, Max mutt, bigeasyz, NotBornYesterday and many that also post here, they are examples of the negative thoughts that will not go away. Not by bowing down to the blatant injustice that is the norm here, especially, and other places as well. The leadership that is necessary includes shining light on the reality of the problems.

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Lie Detector 03/25/14 - 12:36 pm
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While I certainly understand

While I certainly understand Alexander's team asking for the original plea deal I do not think if should be offered. I will also say 60 years is over the top. If you offer a plea before trial any offer later in the process should be higher than the original offer. Otherwise, what is to keep people from doing exactly what Alexander is doing? Alexander and crew are making a mockery of the judicial system and making false claims about Corey. When Corey publishes the facts, which are public record and available to everyone, people cry foul. When someone walks into another room as they are saying "I got something for your a@*, that does not sound like self defense. Especially since the garage door WAS working and she could have escaped. Hopefully it will work out but it's hard to reach an agreement with a prosecutor after you have publicly called her everything but satan. Good luck.

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lilrio 03/25/14 - 12:48 pm
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Richardman I agree. I believe

Richardman I agree. I believe Angela Corey is way out of line with charging Marissa Alexander in this case. From 20 years to seeking 60 years is not justice but pure spiteful revenge.

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PhDBlack 03/25/14 - 02:53 pm
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@Rev. Mark Griffin we can not

@Rev. Mark Griffin we can not heal our city by letting Marissa Alexander get away with her crime. We heal our city by starting at home and better parenting in the black community....you cannot put this on the back of Angela Corey she is not a fault here........I'm a black female and I will not sit back and let you get away with it. It's not just that easy Marissa Alexander was wrong....the jury convicted her......

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ThomasFL 03/25/14 - 03:33 pm
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It is always the same

It is always the same insignificant group of sao operatives attacking an abused lady to defend overcharging.

It becomes clearer by the day that the elected prosecutor is trying to set an example with Marissa. The case has become the poster child of abuse of power. Marissa should be free and receive an apology from Corey for overcharging her.

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reallydude 03/25/14 - 03:47 pm
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Somebody please tell me where

Somebody please tell me where injustice comes into play in this case. If the full facts of the case are public record, why is only the fact that a "warning shot" happened and not the fact that there was an order of protection in place preventing BOTH parties form contacting each other. She was at HIS resisdence. Not once(when the shooting occured) but TWICE. Each time she was arrested. Each time she was given a chance to resolve the situation without it becoming a nationwide "racial" trial. But we as people claim we only want justice when in fact we want justice based on public opinion. And that opinion only applies to certain cases that causes "uproar" in the "black community". African Americans consistently pick and choose when to become angry and when to take action. Case and point, there is a black male currently serving a life sentence in prison based off no evidence other than someone saying he did it. Not seeing him do it, just saying he did it. Gulity before he even made it to trial. Does people march, protest, become outraged? Of course not, because we only care about what they allow us to. SMH

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lilrio 03/25/14 - 04:02 pm
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Marissa was in her bathroom

Marissa was in her bathroom when her husband Rico busts through the door in a vicious violent rage over text messages on her phone from Marissa Exhusband. Rico Gray grabs Marissa and chokes her in violent rage threatening to kill her. Marissa gets her gun from her car in her garage under the Roof of her home which is not leaving her home. Marissa says "I got something for your *****" after being choked and threatened by her violent husband. Marissa fired one shot in the direction of her husband to ward off his violent aggressive behavior. Clear case of self defense. Marissa attorney failed her in the first trial because of his inexperience and not being able to argue the right points.

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reallydude 03/25/14 - 04:32 pm
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@Lilrio If this is true, then

@Lilrio

If this is true, then why was she arrested again (after she fired the "warning shot") for violating her bond due to her not only contacting Mr. Gray but also assaulting him?? (Reports show not only bruising but also bleeding through the nostrils). She was so scared she went back and tried to kill him again... SMH

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whoanelly 03/25/14 - 05:04 pm
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bottom line is that she shot

bottom line is that she shot at two children who posed her no threat at all! she is gonna get convicted of that just like [filtered word] dunn did for shooting at people who posed him no threat. forget about the "abusive" husband, she shot at or in the direction of children, not into the roof, not in the opposite direction, no.. she shot in their direction, period end of story. why she is now a media posterchild is beyond me.

and all the grievance theater actors/race pimpin/so-called civil rights activists forget this simple problem. which is why making HER their poster child just shows their total moral bankruptcy. add to that they yelled, screamed, protested, threatened violence yada yada about "stand your ground" yet when she files for it and is actually going to use it....crickets chirp. as everyone whispers.. hypocrites!

she didn't take the deal the first time and rolled the dice at trial to crap out and cause she's a dim bulb and surrounded by other dimbulbs she'll no doubt roll the dice again, hopefully that south florida "superlawyer" can tell her about the myth of sisyphus, understanding it might be the problem tho.

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PhDBlack 03/25/14 - 05:17 pm
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@lilrio did Marissa ever

@lilrio did Marissa ever make a call to 911 to report any of this...even after she shot and the husband was out of the house.....

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ratter 03/25/14 - 06:15 pm
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Wow, I almost glossed right

Wow, I almost glossed right over this article as this dead horse has been beaten.
Then I read the comments...the Rev. fully hands Richardman his own rear end!...and then Richardman does the fastest backpedal I have yet to see on this forum.
All you have to do is scroll up and reread said comments. How embarrassing.
Wow! Great reading for a change.

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Lie Detector 03/25/14 - 06:29 pm
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Going to another room (not

Going to another room (not being followed by the so called aggressor) getting a gun and returning to said room then firing towards Rico and the children? Not just "in the direction of her husband". What was there to ward off?? She calmly walked to the gun without being attacked and returned with the gun without being attacked. Then she decided to fire a shot towards/at him AND her children because she "had something for his A@*!! This is a clear case of self defense? About as clear as mud. I am not a Corey defender. Heck, 6 days out of 7 I don't even like her. But the truth is the truth. Take it to trial if you have a new super attorney and think you can beat the charges. Otherwise get out of the media and work a plea deal.

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Morris_reader 03/25/14 - 09:35 pm
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Lilrio right on. Some of the

Lilrio right on. Some of the comments show a last desperate attempt by Cory's lackeys to distort the truth and smear the facts. No sweat since they very well know that are about to be handed their rearend if they go to trial. With the warning shot law passed in Florida and SYG hearings this week in WDC, it is clear that the tide has changed swiftly.

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lilrio 03/26/14 - 06:16 am
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@realydude these are complete

@realydude these are complete seperate incidents. Marissa was victim of domestic violence way before the warning shot incident where Rico grabbed Marissa by neck and pushed her in tub and against wall in closet. Rico was arrested for that and got probation. The warning shot incident happened next which in my opinion is self defense based on the facts in my above post if you follow the order of what happened. The incident which happened with Marissa punching Rico happened almost 4 months later after the warning shot. Marissa never had a record till she met Mr Rico "I beat all five of my baby mommas." Rico finally met someone who stands up for herself not taking his violence and crap. Marissa should get a gold medal for giving Rico that shiner for all the other women he abused. It is not uncommon for couples to get back together or reconnect after fights and violence. Talk to any police officer or domestic violence counselor and you will learn this regardless of injunctions or court orders in place. I feel confident Marissa is done with Mr Rico " I beat all my five baby mommas." At phdblack I am not sure why Marissa did not call the police. Could it be Rico was holding her cellphone in a violent rage when he saw text messages from Marissa's ex. Did Rico leave with her phone or toss it somewhere in the house. You have to remember Marissa just had a infant baby days earlier and anyone who has ever experienced child birth knows how a woman's hormones are all over the place after birth not that is an excuse but I am sure it plays into the equation. I am calling Angela Corey wrong in filing charges against Marissa. At minimum this is a reckless display of a weapon case which is a simple misdemeanor. This is why their is outrage with the overcharging by Angela Corey. I continue to support Marissa because I know how spiteful, vengeful and unethical Angela Corey has become.

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reallydude 03/26/14 - 09:29 am
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@lilrio Even though these

@lilrio

Even though these incidents happened at different times, they all tie into each other because once you are released from jail on bond/probation it is ordered NO VICTIM CONTACT. By the time her last arrest occurred, the law was still being broke just by simple phone calls or text messages. If this law is applied to everyone, shouldn't it also be applied to Ms. Alexander? Yes, it is a terrible thing for women to be constantly abused by someone who is supposed to be trusted/loving, but that does not excuse the fact that the law was broken. If we show sympathy because of media uproar on Ms. Alexander, how many other case come into question?

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lilrio 03/26/14 - 01:47 pm
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@reallydude the first order

@reallydude the first order was a generic order that they could be together but can not threaten harass each other. This was after the first domestic where Rico attacked Marissa by grabbing her by the throat choking her and shoving her down in the tub and closet. Rico was arrested and convicted receiving probation from this incident. You are putting to much weight in these orders. All they are are pieces of paper that give the person wanting the order a piece of mind and sense of security. The real point of the order is the order gives police the right to make an arrest if the order is violated to prevent a problem from happening. So tell me why was Rico not arrested during warning shot when he broke into the bathroom in a rage from text messages on Marissa's phone grabbing her by the neck choking her and threatening to kill her all which happened seconds before the warning shot. The focus was put on the gun shot not the root of the problem of why and how everything started. That is a big problem. Marissa's first attorney failed her miserably and so did the judge in the jury instructions that is why their was a conviction. The prosecution is going to have their hands full this go around. I am all for violent offenders and criminals being locked up but Angela Corey called this one wrong and that is why she has been trying to defend her actions since day one.

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bigeasyz 03/26/14 - 01:50 pm
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If Marissa get a new trial

If Marissa get a new trial b/c of the warning shot law. Dose that mean that Dunn get one too?? He just fired a couple of extra ones..Probably thought that the thugs were hard of hearing...

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reallydude 03/26/14 - 02:08 pm
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Rio When it comes to him not

Rio

When it comes to him not being arrested, you are right. Both should have been transported to jail in that incident. You are right! It’s just the icing on the cake was when the police were once again called to the same residence regarding the same to people having yet another altercation. One has physical signs of bruising and the other doesn't. Even her own child stated she was the aggressor. Also stated once the police were called she fled the scene. I'm not saying Mr. Gray is in the clear here. He's scum for putting his hands on a woman, but if the roles were reversed, a retrial wouldn't even come into question. This case would have never crossed the newsroom desk. The root of the problem is BOTH parties continue to exhibit behavior that is unbecoming. People just want to jump on Ms. Alexanders’ side because she is a woman, and she is black. If that is not racist, I don't know what is. Come on now, let’s be honest with ourselves. Like I said before, 60 years is completely over the top. Angela Corey is an incompetent prosecutor and Ms. Alexander should have never taken this case to trial. SHE KNEW when she was arrested that last time it would violated the conditions of her bond and tack on another charge to the pending aggravated assault. SHE gambled with her freedom by returning to the residence and taking this case to trial. And now, in the court of public opinion, she is an innocent person that was unjustly charged and sentenced. When the fact of the matter is, she should have taken the three years offered in the first place, but NNOOOOOO; she would rather be the poster child for unjustly accused battered woman of America. 10-20-Life here FL.

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lilrio 03/26/14 - 02:50 pm
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Domestic violence happens all

Domestic violence happens all the time. I never understood why people continue to stay together after repeated assaults. But it happens and will continue to happen. Some couples split after first time and others stay together for years or a lifetime taking the abuse. Some times the abuse goes both ways in a relationship. I have heard reasons from love, money and kids to the fact that they don't split because one does not want to start over. Its sad but to each person they make their own choice. Marissa did not have a record till she got involved with Rico. The three incidents between Rico and Marissa are exactly that three seperate incidents seperated by months apart and are seperate from each other. I do admire Marissa for giving Rico his shiner to his eye for the abuse she took from him even though she was wrong for decking him in the eye. Marissa also paid her price and got arrested for giving Rico his shiner. But Rico was also wrong from the first incident grabbing Marissa by the neck choking her and shoving her in the tub and closet. Then you have the middle incident where Marissa got her gun. Do I think Marissa was analyzing stand your ground when she got her gun and fired one shot-no. I believe Marissa just reacted to the situation and violence and she is justified in her actions. Angela Corey has a responsibility to not just victims but to those acused of a crime to make sure everyones rights are protected.

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reallydude 03/26/14 - 02:54 pm
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So are you saying her rights

So are you saying her rights were violated?

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lilrio 03/26/14 - 03:23 pm
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She had a right to get her

She had a right to get her gun to protect herself from the violence. The gun was kept under the roof of her home. Hence car in garage gun in the car. The garage is part of her home under the roof of the home. Marissa does not have to retreat or leave her home to defend herself. It does not matter if the gun was in the kitchen, bathroom or garage it is all part of her home under the roof. If she actually exited the home to get the gun by physically leaving the home beyond the roof that covers the home then I would say Marissa is wrong and went to far. Marissa never left the home just went to garage which is part of the home to get her gun. Marissa has no responsibility to flee her home. It does not matter if she lied about garage door not working or in a panic just did not push the button just right to open it. Do you want someone to tell you where you have to put your gun under your roof of your home. The judge, Angela Corey and Marissa's attorney all failed her on this very basic principal that she does not have to leave her home to escape threatening violence.

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reallydude 03/26/14 - 03:31 pm
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So why did the children tell

So why did the children tell the arresting officer a completely different story than what is being portrayed. On the day of the shooting, the children witnessed her attacking him... But then again, that wouldn't make a good headline. Both of these adults deserve jail time. Point blank period..

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lilrio 03/26/14 - 04:14 pm
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@reallydude Rico Gray lied in

@reallydude Rico Gray lied in his deposition and then changed his story and testimony in the stand your ground hearing. Also one of the kids refused to testify at trial. Wonder why. Putting this woman in prison for 20 years and now seeking 60 years is an injustice. Corey needs to go.

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reallydude 03/26/14 - 04:33 pm
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Sounds like you really want

Sounds like you really want the law to change, because under Florida law, 20 years was mandatory. Now 60 years is just idiotic

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