A Tallahassee woman who was sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing a warning shot at her estranged husband will get a new trial, Yahoo news reports.
A Florida state of appeals ruled Marissa Alexander is entitled to a new trial “because the judge failed to properly instruct the jury regarding her claim of self-defense,” Yahoo News reports.
Alexander, 32, told police she fired the “warning shot” during an argument with her estranged husband who arrived at her home to pick up their son.
The woman who was on the phone with Trayvon Martin when he was confronted and shot by George Zimmerman inside a gated community took the witness stand today.
Rachel Jeantel, 19, told jurors she was not Trayvon’s girlfriend. She recounted the phone conversation she had with Trayvon before he was shot to death by the self-appointed neighborhood watchman inside the Retreat at Twin Lakes subdivision in February.
Speaking almost in a whisper, Jeantel said Trayvon used the N-word several times as she described what she heard Martin say to a male. She said Trayvon told her the man was following him as he returned to his father’s fiancee’s home from a convenience store. He described the man as “creepy” and a “cracker.”
A hearing is currently underway in Sanford, Florida, to discuss audio experts testimony in the upcoming Trayvon Martin case.
According to a report in the Orlando Sentinel, key expert audio witnesses give conflicting testimony regarding what can be heard on the audio in a snippet from a call placed to 911 the night George Zimmerman shot unarmed teen Trayvon Martin.
Alan R. Reich, an audio expert says Trayvon can be heard screaming, “I’m begging you!” just before the shot rang out.
Troubled singer Rihanna may have had a change of heart and decided not to sue British clothier Topshop over their unauthorized use of her likeness on a tank top.
According to The Sun Daily, Rihanna filed a $5 million lawsuit against Topshop after months of negotiations failed last year. Rihanna was upset that Topshop sold oversized tank tops bearing her image without her consent.
In reality, Rihanna was probably more unhappy about the unflattering image that Topshop used.
Courtroom outbursts by criminals and other defendants are not unusual these days. But Monday’s outburst in a Cedar Rapids, Iowa courtroom was subdued compared to others.
Murder suspect Jerome Power concluded that he wasn’t represented adequately by his attorney after the jury left to deliberate his verdict on Monday. “You sold me out!” exclaimed Mr. Power as he gently poured a cup of water over the head of his attorney, Steve Addington.