On the day Alexander fired the gun, Gray said, the couple got into an argument and he refused to let her leave a bathroom. "[S]he got the bathroom door closed and she locked it, so I were beating on it. [I] was there waiting for her to come out of the bathroom," Gray said in his deposition.
She managed to escape the bathroom and went to the home's garage, Gray said. "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," he said.
Corey maintains Alexander did not act in self-defense by shooting the gun. "She was angry," Corey told The Huffington Post last year. "She was not in fear."
But Brown says Corey is notorious among her constituents for overcharging. Alexander, the congresswoman said during the July interview, hadn't seen her infant – who is currently in her ex-husband's custody – since she was jailed.
Now the appeals court says that's a matter a new jury should decide for itself.
"For appellant, she testified, the firing of the gun was the culmination of a year-and-a-half's abuse at her husband's hands," the court ruled. "[T]he trial court improperly transmuted the prosecution's burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt into a burden on the appellant to prove self-defense beyond a reasonable doubt, depriving her of a trial under the correct rule."
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