Stand Your Ground ruling days away

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A Jacksonville mother of six clings to a defense that continues to garner criticism and even legislative action.

The Stand Your Ground defense has been widely contested and a push to tweak the law is moving through the Senate.

All while Shireeka Wilson nervously waits to see if the law will work in her favor.

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Surveillance video from the T & S Food Mart, on West 45th street shows Valerie Rushing walk into the store in November 2011, looking for her daughter Shireeka Wilson. The video show that when Wilson walks towards her mother, Rushing attacks her.

"She said that she had planned to kill Shireeka," said attorney Rhonda Peoples-Waters. "Or she at least told Shireeka that she was going to kill her."

Wilson's attorney Peoples-Waters is using the Stand Your Ground defense claiming her client shot her own mother in self-defense. The chilling surveillance video shows the moments leading up to the shooting and as it happens.

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Rushing was shot in the neck and survived. She later requested that the state drop all charges against her daughter admitting she went to Wilson's job to seriously harm her. The state denied that request.

"The use of force was necessary because she felt her own life was threatened," said Peoples-Waters.

A push to tweak the Stand Your Ground Law has been approved by two senate committees. The proposed changes include shifting burden of proof from the defense to the prosecution, clarifying immunity and who can use the Stand Your Ground defense.

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"If it is applied fairly and correctly according to the written law it can benefit everybody," said Peoples-Waters. "We have to make sure that we work hard collectively as a community so that there's not any particular group that are not receiving the entitlement of the law."

Wilson has requested immunity from prosecution. She's charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, which comes with a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years in prison. Judge Norton is expected to deliver a ruling in the coming days.


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