Judge OKs state’s motion to dismiss fetal manslaughter case


FILE – This file photo provided by Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office shows Marshae Jones. An An Alabama district attorney said Wednesday, July 3, 2019, she is dropping the manslaughter charge against Jones, a woman who lost her fetus when she was shot during a fight. (Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office via AP, File)

BESSEMER, Ala. (AP) — (7/6/19) The manslaughter charge against an Alabama woman who lost her fetus when she was shot during a fight has been dropped.

A judge granted the state’s motion Saturday to dismiss the case against 28-year-old Marshae Jones.

Authorities say Jones was five months pregnant when 23-year-old Ebony Jemison shot her in the stomach during a December argument over the fetus’ father.

Jemison was initially charged with manslaughter, but a grand jury declined to indict her after police said an investigation determined Jones started the fight, and Jemison fired in self-defense. Jones was indicted by the same grand jury and arrested, sparking outrage around the nation.

A prosecutor recently announced she wouldn’t prosecute Jones.

Alabama is one of several states with laws allowing criminal charges when fetuses are killed in violent acts.

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