AFRICANGLOBE – Manslaughter charges against a woman who lost her unborn child after she was shot in the stomach have been dropped.
Marshae Jones, 28, was indicted by a grand jury after she miscarried following a shooting on the basis that she started the fight and had “intentionally caused the death of her unborn baby”.
Jones was five months pregnant when she was shot in the stomach during a fight with Ebony Jemison, 23, in Alabama.
The grand jury chose not to indict Jemison, believing she acted in self defence when she fired her gun at Jones.
The decision to drop the charges against Jones was made by Alabama district attorney, Lynneice Washington.
She said no further legal action will be taken against Jones in relation to the matter.
“This is truly a disturbing and heartbreaking case. An unborn child was tragically lost and families on both sides of this matter have suffered,” Washington said in a press conference.
If convicted, Jones faced up to 20 years in prison.
Earlier this week Jones’ lawyers called for the case against her to be dismissed.
In a statement, they said: “It is simply unconscionable to prosecute a shooting victim for losing her baby as the result of unforeseeable injury.
“The charges against Marshae are based on a flawed and contorted theory of criminal liability that simply does not exist under law.”
Her lawyer told reporters: “This is a person who has had a lot more bitter rather than sweet. And the one thing I will tell you that she said as we both choked up was, thank you.”