DA dropping manslaughter charge against Ala. woman whose fetus died after she was shot

Updated: Jul. 3, 2019 at 4:55 PM CDT
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - District Attorney Lynneice Washington has dismissed a manslaughter charge against Marshae Jones.

Jones was five months pregnant when she got into a fight with another woman in the parking lot of a Pleasant Grove shopping center.

The woman pulled out a gun and shot Jones, killing her unborn baby in 2018.

You can read Washington’s full statement here. She said it simply came down to it wasn’t in the best interest of justice to prosecute Jones for the death of her unborn baby.

A grand jury decided not to indict the woman who allegedly shot Jones.

Marshae Jones’ attorneys released this statement following the decision:

“We are pleased with the District Attorney’s decision to dismiss the charges against Marshae Jones. It is the appropriate decision, both for our client and for the State of Alabama. This is the outcome we sought this week in our motion to dismiss. We are gratified the District Attorney evaluated the matter and chose not to proceed with a case that was neither reasonable nor just. The District Attorney’s decision will help Marshae continue to heal from this tragic event and work to rebuild her life in a positive and productive way. She moves forward with enormous gratitude for the support she and her family have received during this challenging time. With the dismissal of charges, the community of support that surrounded Marshae can now channel its immense passion and energy toward ensuring that what happened to Marshae won’t ever happen again.”

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