Marshae Jones will not be prosecuted, charges against her dropped

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BESSEMER, Ala. (WIAT) — The Jefferson County District Attorney has decided to drop the charges against Marshae Jones and she will not be prosecuted.

Jones was initially charged with manslaughter of her unborn child after been shot during an altercation.

Jefferson County District Attorney Lynneice Washington made the announcement Wednesday. No further legal action will be taken against Jones.

“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,” DA Washington said in a statement. “Therefore, I am hereby dismissing this case, and no further legal action will be taken against Ms. Jones in this matter.”

Jones was charged allegedly because she was seen to have known she could have been hurt after starting the confrontation back in December of 2018.

Jones’ attorney Mark White released a statement following DA Washington’s decision:

“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. “

White tells us he is appreciative of the consideration Washington put into this case.

“She, I think did what we could have most hoped for, and that is to give thoughtful consideration into what the law is in Alabama and to do the right thing. I’d say to her and I’d say to anybody else that has any criticism to her that it should not be there.”

-Mark White; attorney for Jones

CBS 42 spoke with the deputy legal director of the National ACLU. He tells us this case wasn’t about protecting the life of an unborn child, but rather suppressing women’s rights.

“All of this concern for an unborn fetus that is reflected in the Alabama abortion law is a part of the issue that is behind the indictment of this case. What I wish is that the state of Alabama would show the same concern for life once the child is born as they appear to want to show for it before a child is born.”

-Jeffery Robinson; Deputy Legal Director of National ACLU

The same grand jury that indicted Jones did not indict the woman that shot her.

No other information has been released at this time. Stay with CBS 42 as this story is ongoing.

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