Marissa Alexander (2012)
Charged With: Three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon
The Trial: The racial undertones that endured in the Zimmerman trial also shed more light on Marissa Alexander, a black woman who attempted to shoot her abusive husband in what she also declared as self-defense. In August 2010, Alexander and her then husband Rico Gray reportedly had a verbal argument after Gray found text messages from her former husband while going through her phone. Alexander says she then retrieved her hand gun from the glove department of her car and shot the gun once in the air as a warning shot. After the shot was fired, Gray fled his home to call 911.
Outcome: Alexander was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
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