Marissa Alexander was sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing a ‘warning shot’ above the head of the husband she claims abused her.
*While a Florida mother of three gets sentenced to 20 years in jail for firing a warning shot over the head of her husband, who she says abused her; the known killer of a 19-year-old Michigan woman who knocked on his door seeking help following a car accident has not even been arrested.
Though these are two different stories, it’s necessary to actually see the disparity, side by side, in print.
By Wednesday, the judge in Marissa Alexander’s case had not yet decided to release her on bond. To date she has served 1,007 days behind bars; one year of which is for a previous misdemeanor; a battery charge stemming from a December incident at her ex-husband, Rico Gray’s home, months after the August gun incident.
Alexander’s attorney revealed that the animosity between her and Gray is no longer an issue. But the judge felt that there was nothing new about the case, no new evidence, and “nothing new about Marissa” that would indicate she should be granted bond.
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Renisha McBride was laid to rest. Her killer still roams free while police investigate.
Meanwhile, audio of the dispatch call in the Renisha McBride homicide has been released by The Detroit News. The homeowner, who has yet to be identified or charged, told police he doesn’t know the victim.
In the audio of the 9-1-1 call that sent police officers to the scene of the Michigan teenagers shooting death, the dispatcher reportedly describes receiving a call from a man who said he shot someone on his porch. Then he hung up.
“Just received a 911 call from a male; thinks he just shot someone on his porch, then he hung up. We’re trying to call back,” the dispatcher said in the audio.
According to an autopsy report released earlier in the week, McBride’s death has been ruled a homicide. Specifically she was shot in the face. Also, the unnamed shooter, to whom police said they have spoken, has not been arrested. The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office declined to issue a warrant last week and have asked police to investigate further.
The case has launched a nationwide discussion about racial profiling and Michigan’s “Stand Your Ground” law.
You can listen to the audio here (Note: The audio has been edited to remove non-relevant information and quiet periods):