Alabama DROPS manslaughter charges against pregnant woman


‘There are no winners, only losers, in this sad ordeal’: Alabama DROPS manslaughter charges against a pregnant woman after she was shot during a fight and lost her unborn babyJefferson County Bessemer Cutoff District Attorney Lynneice O Washington said Wednesday charges against Marshae Jones will be dismissed Jones, 27, was arrested last week in Birmingham, Alabama, for manslaughterA grand jury issued an indictment saying she intentionally caused the death of her fetus by initiating a fight while five-months pregnantAttorney’s representing Jones filed a motion to dismiss in a Jefferson County court Monday morning  Police said the shooting took place following a dispute between Jones and 23-year-old Ebony Jemison about the unborn baby’s father  Cleared: Marshae Jones will not be prosecuted for the death of her unborn baby in a shooting An Alabama district attorney announced Wednesday that she will not being pursuing charges against a woman indicted for manslaughter after she lost her fetus when she was shot during a fight Marshae Jones was arrested on June 26 after a grand jury concluded she ‘intentionally’ caused the death of her fetus by ‘initiating’ a fight with another woman Jones was five-months pregnant when she was shot in the stomach in a December 2018 altercation Jefferson County Bessemer Cutoff District Attorney Lynneice O. Washington said during a press conference that charges against Jones will be dismissed ‘There are no winners, only losers, in this sad ordeal,’ Washington said, after stressing that ‘nothing, nothing, nothing’ will bring back Jones’ unborn baby ‘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 misdemeanor charge, for which she was indicted by the grand jury,’ said Washington, flanked by her chief assistant and local church leaders ‘Therefore, I am hereby dismissing this case, and no further legal action will be taken against Ms Jones in this matter ’ Jefferson County Bessemer Cutoff District Attorney Lynneice O. Washington is pictured during a press conference on Wednesday announcing that she is dismissing charges against JonesJones’ defense lawyers released a prepared statement just minutes after the district attorney’s announcement, which was carried by WVTM 13, saying they are pleased with the decision to drop charges against her  ‘It is the appropriate decision, both for our client and the State of Alabama,’ the emailed statement from the firm White Arnold & Dowd read ‘We are gratified the District Attorney evaluated the matter and chose not to proceed with a case that was neither reasonable nor just ‘American Civil Liberties Union also applauded the outcome of the case, tweeting: ‘the DA’s decision here represents precisely what we want to see in these critical moments: a prosecutor who is not afraid to use discretion and the power to refuse to prosecute when justice demands the charges be dropped ‘   ACLA applauded the Alabama DA’s decision not to prosecute Jones on Wednesday  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher is sentenced to a reduction in Single mom, 25, is arrested for ‘leaving her four-year-old. Share this article Share Jones was arrested last week in Birmingham, Alabama, after a grand jury issued an indictment saying she intentionally caused the death of her fetus by initiating a fight while five-months pregnant Her attorneys filed a motion Monday asking the charges to be dismissed, calling them ‘completely unreasonable and unjust ‘ They said the state charged Jones using a ‘flawed and twisted rationale’ that ‘ignores the law and ignores reason’ The filing argued that the idea Jones ‘intentionally’ caused the death of her fetus ‘defies the most basic logic and analysis ‘They also argued that Alabama law doesn’t permit the prosecution of a woman with respect to her unborn child The incident occurred in December last year when police were told there was a shooting outside a Dollar General store in the Birmingham suburb of Pleasant Grove Witnesses said Jones was shot but driven away from the scene.  Jones was shot in the stomach outside this Dollar General store in Birmingham, Alabama in December last year  Police said the shooting took place following a dispute between Jones (left) and 23-year-old Ebony Jemison (right)Police later found Jones suffering from a gunshot wound to her stomach and she was rushed to a local hospital  They only later learned that Jones was five months pregnant and her fetus did not survive the shooting  Police said the shooting took place following a dispute between Jones and 23-year-old Ebony Jemison  When authorities failed to secure an indictment against Jemison, they decided to seek charges against Jones ‘The investigation showed that the only true victim in this was the unborn baby,’ Pleasant Grove police Lt Danny Reid said at the time of the shooting.’It was the mother of the child who initiated and continued the fight which resulted in the death of her own unborn baby ‘According to Reid, Jones and Jemison got into an argument over the baby’s father ‘Let’s not lose sight that the unborn baby is the victim here,’ Reid said.’She had no choice in being brought unnecessarily into a fight where she was relying on her mother for protection ‘  Read more: DA drops manslaughter charge against Marshae Jones Share or comment on this article: Alabama DROPS manslaughter charges against pregnant woman e-mail 231 shares Add comment Comments 33 Share what you think Newest Oldest Best rated Worst rated View all  The comments below have been moderated in advance View all The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline Add your comment Enter your comment Post comment to your Facebook Timeline What’s This?  By posting your comment you agree to our house rules Submit Comment Clear Close Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline? 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