Jury selection set for July 21 in Marissa Alexander retrial

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville woman at the center of an international story was back in court Wednesday.

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Marissa Alexander, 33, is charged with three counts of attempted assault with a deadly weapon. She contends she fired a "warning shot" in the direction of her estranged husband, Rico Gray.

Prosecutors maintain she intended to shoot Gray, but missed. His two children were also present.

In Alexander's retrial, Judge James Daniel requested on Wednesday that all potential jurors fill out a jury questionnaire by July 21. Jury selection is slated to take place on July 25, which is when Daniel wants to have the jury seated. The retrial is slated to start on July 28.

Alexander was previously convicted on the three counts. However, she received a new trial after the the 1st District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee overturned her conviction.

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The basis for the high-profile ruling was that the judge presiding over Alexander's first trial made an error while explaining jury instructions.

Alexander was then released from jail last November and placed on home detention.

Prosecutors earlier this year sought to have her put back in jail for what they called violations of her release. But, a judge ruled that Alexander could remain on home detention.

The story is receiving widespread attention from around the world and is often a rallying point for Alexander's supporters and supporters of gun rights.

She could get 60 years in prison if she's convicted again, but lawyers for Alexander are expected to argue she acted in self-defense under Florida's Stand Your Ground law. They say there is new information to back up that claim.


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