According to HLN TV here is what happened…
Marissa Alexander (Above) said her husband, Rico Gray, tried to strangle her on August 1, 2010, after reading text messages she had sent her ex-husband. She said she escaped his grip and, instead of leaving out the front door, went into the garage to get into her car. But in the confusion of the fight, Alexander said she forgot her keys.
“I knew I had to protect myself,”
Alexander told CNN in a 2012 interview.
“I could not fight him. He was 100 pounds more than me. I grabbed my weapon at that point.”
Gray saw the weapon at his wife’s side when she returned, according to Alexander, and continued to threaten her life. That’s when she said she decided to fire a warning shot.
“I believe when he threatened to kill me, that’s what he was absolutely going to do,”
“That’s what he intended to do. Had I not discharged my weapon at that point, I would not be here.”
Gray had his two children with him when Alexander fired a shot into the wall but no one was killed or even injured.
In a deposition with the State Attorney’s office, Gray even backed up his wife’s story.
“If my kids weren’t there, I knew I probably would have tried to take the gun from her,”
“If my kids wouldn’t have been there, I probably would have put my hand on her.”
When Alexander’s defense attorney asked him what he meant by “put my hand on her,” Gray replied,
“probably hit her. I got five baby mammas and I put my hands on every last one of them except for one.”
But in a hearing to dismiss Alexander’s case under the “Stand Your Ground” law, Gray changed his story, saying he lied to protect his wife.
“I begged and pleaded for my life when she had the gun,”
The judge refused to grant Alexander immunity under the “Stand Your Ground” law. Alexander also rejected a plea deal of three years in prison, opting instead to take her case in front of jurors. They found her guilty in just 12 minutes.
And now the question on many people’s minds — including Alexander’s — is why a claim of self-defense failed Alexander but worked for Zimmerman.
“Other defendants have used it. What’s so different about my situation that it doesn’t apply to me?”
Syndicated columnist Roland Martin said in an opinion piece for CNN,
“Did the bullet hit the children? No. Did Alexander point the gun at her husband and hit him? No. She simply fired a warning shot, and according to Florida’s shameful law, that’s enough for a minimum 20-year sentence,”
“Florida elected officials and residents should be ashamed of this law and do all they can to change it.”