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Judge to Allow Prior Abuse Allegations in Marissa Alexander Trial

This undated family photo provided by Lincoln B. Alexander shows, Marissa Alexander in her car in Tampa, Fla. Alexander had n
This undated family photo provided by Lincoln B. Alexander shows, Marissa Alexander in her car in Tampa, Fla. Alexander had never been arrested before she fired a bullet at a wall one day in 2010 to scare off her husband when she felt he was threatening her. Nobody got hurt, but this month a northeast Florida judge was bound by state law to sentence her to 20 years in prison. (AP Photo/Lincoln B. Alexander)

In a move that could bolster 34-year-old Marissa Alexander’s case, a judge ruled this week that evidence prior alleged acts of domestic violence against other women by her estranged husband would be allowed at her December trial, First Coast News reports.

Circuit Judge James Daniel on Wednesday stipulated certain conditions in the ruling, including requiring Alexander to testify about Rico Gray’s abusive treatment, the news service writes. Her testimony would set the stage for defense attorneys to call an ex-wife and two former girlfriends of Gray—all of whom say he was abusive and whom Gray previously admitted abusing, the report says

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