Supporters of Marissa Alexander received a bit of good news Wednesday as the trial for the mother of three has been pushed back to July 28, 2014.
According to Bruce Zimet, Alexander’s attorney, the trial’s initial date, March 31, was too soon for adequate preparation. The new date, which was set on Jan. 30, is a plus for Zimet, who added that he needs additional time to get expert witnesses on battered women’s syndrome, ballistics, and research into contested testimony at Alexander’s first trial.
In addition to setting a new trial date, Judge James Daniel revealed his desire to ban live-streaming and the use of Twitter in the courtroom as well as impose strict rules on media coverage of the case in order to “control what picture is being shown” in pre-trial publicity.
The new trial date is the latest development surrounding Alexander, who was sentenced to 20 years behind bars for firing a warning shot to stop her estranged husband, a serial abuser, from attacking her. A Florida Appeals Court granted Alexander a new trial after serving nearly three years. With the first trial improperly forcing Alexander to prove her innocence, Alexander was granted a new trial by the appeals court. Alexander, who was released on bond on Thanksgiving Day 2013, is currently under house detention until the conclusion of her new trial.