Charges have been dropped against Marshae Jones, the Alabama woman indicted for manslaughter after she was shot & lost her fetus last December.
The state allows fetuses to be classified as victims in homicides or assaults.
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) July 3, 2019
On Wednesday (July 3) Bessemer Cutoff District Attorney Lynneice Washington dropped charges against Marshae Jones, 27, who was indicted on manslaughter last month.
Authorities claim that on Dec. 4, Jones initiated a fight with 23-year-old Ebony Jemison over the father of Jones’ unborn baby. As a means of self-defense, Jemison shot the pregnant woman causing the death of the unborn fetus. But instead of charging Jemison, the grand jury blamed Jones.
DA Washington called the case “disturbing and heartbreaking” and told reporters prosecuting Jones was “not in the best interest of justice,” The Washington Post noted.
“An unborn child was tragically lost, and families on both sides of this matter have suffered,’’ Washington said, adding, “Nothing we do today or in the future will change that reality.”
“After reviewing the facts of this case and the applicable state law, I have determined that it is not in the best interest of justice to pursue prosecution of Ms. Jones on the manslaughter charge for which she was indicted by the grand jury,’’ Washington said.
“Therefore, I am hereby dismissing this case, and no further legal action will be taken against Ms. Jones in this matter.”
However, Washington was clear that her decision to drop the charges was not a judgment against the grand jury.
“The DA’s decision represents precisely what we want to see in these critical moments: a prosecutor who is not afraid to use prosecutorial discretion and power to refuse to prosecute when the law and justice demands that charges should be dropped,” American Civil Liberties Union Director Jeff Robinson said in a statement.