The American left loves a victim good narrative and they can't get enough of the Marissa Alexander story. She is being held up as a reflection of George Zimmerman: A black woman who used a gun to defend herself and was given a stiff 20 year prison sentence for firing a warning shot at her abusive husband. Here's a recent development:
State Sen. Dwight Bullard, D-Miami, is hoping the Florida Cabinet will help secure a pardon for Marissa Alexander.
Alexander was sentenced to 20 years in prison after firing what she described as a warning shot at her husband. She tried to claim immunity under the state's controversial Stand Your Ground law, but was found guilty.
Bullard penned letters about the case to Attorney General Pam Bondi, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater last week.
The popular narrative is that Alexander's husband was coming after her and she fired a bullet to scare him off. Her story in court was a little more involved, that the two had an argument in the bedroom after he discovered inappropriate text messages she sent to her ex husband. He blocked her from leaving but she eventually escaped and went to her car in the garage. She couldn't get the garage door to open and was trapped so she took a gun from her car and went to the kitchen to escape. She then saw her husband was still coming for her so she fired a warning shot near his head.
There's a few problems with her story. The police found the garage door had no problem when they arrived, and there was no reason to believe it wasn't working before. The evidence suggests that crucial detail in her story was a complete fiction.
It also doesn't make sense that she would fire a warning shot after her husband had put up his hands if this was entirely self defense. The husband and his two sons fled the house and they were the ones who called 911. She stayed in the house and did not attempt to contact authorities, which is inconsistent with her claims of being the victim and not the aggressor.
What her defenders are completely unaware of, even though it is stated as clear as day in the court documents, is that while out on bail for this case Alexander she drove to the home her husband was staying at and attacked him, giving him a large bruise on his eye. She wasn't even supposed to contact him as bail condition.
National Review and Media Trackers bring up compelling evidence that the husband tried to lie in his court deposition to defend her. Here's Ian Tuttle of National Review:
Gray’s history of abuse does not make him a sympathetic victim, but victim — in this case, at least — he seems to be. Defenders of Alexander like to quote Gray’s initial deposition: “I got five baby mamas,” he says at one point, “and I put my hands on every last one of them except for one.” He claims that the text messages put him “in a rage,” and that he told Alexander, “If I can’t have you nobody going to have you.” As for her trying to flee the house, Gray “knew that she couldn’t leave out the garage because the garage door was locked.” He also tells a markedly different story about the events surrounding the gunshot: “She came back through the doors and she had a gun. And she said, ‘You need to leave.’ I told her, ‘I ain’t leaving until you talk to me’ . . . and I started walking towards her and she shot in the air.”
But the deposition is a problem for two reasons: First, because it was in obvious conflict with his initial report to police. (You can listen to Gray’s call to 911 here; he sounds decidedly panicked, and he repeats his story to the dispatcher — several times – consistently.) Second, and more important, because Gray lied. According to Judge Elizabeth A. Senterfitt, Gray and Alexander met in November of 2010 and “discussed what [Gray] should say during [his] deposition.” In April 2012, CNN reported that “Gray said he lied during his deposition after conspiring with his wife in an effort to protect her.”
Perhaps Gray has a hidden chivalrous side. But, either way, it does not matter. The evidence supports his initial report, not the claims in the deposition.
Marissa Alexander supporters want to compare her treatment to that of George Zimmerman. Well, if Alexander is the equivalent of Zimmerman than who is Trayvon Martin here? I submit it's not the husband; it's his sons.
Imagine you are one of husbands sons, two boys ages 9 and 13. Like Trayvon, you are black, if that matters to you. Your father gets into a loud argument with his new wife and tells you that you are all leaving the house. You see your step mom go into the garage and come back with a gun. You are standing next to dad and she points the gun at the three of you. You don't know what's going to happen next but someone is pointing a weapon at you. You realize you could die any second. After some words are exchanged she fires the weapon and a bullet sails over your head.
This movement to overturn Alexander's conviction is what happens when ignorant people allow themselves to get swept up in Internet rumors. There's nothing noble about this cause and Alexander could have taken a 3 year plea bargain but gambled on a jury trial instead. Thankfully for the sake of those two little boys the jury, with its 12 minute deliberation, wasn't lead by stupid rumors and righteous indignation.