(CNN) -- A Florida woman who was sentenced to 20 years for firing a gun to scare off her allegedly abusive husband has
been released from prison as she awaits a new trial, her attorney said.
Marissa Alexander was released Wednesday night, attorney Bruce Zimet said.
Last month, an appellate
court ordered a new trial for Alexander. The case will be retried
because the jury had incorrect directions, the court ruled.
Alexander's case gained
the attention of civil rights leaders, who say nobody was hurt and the
sentence for the mother of three was too harsh.
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The case shined the
spotlight on Florida's "stand your ground" law after she unsuccessfully
argued before her 2012 trial that she was immune to prosecution because
of the law.
According to court
paperwork filed in Duval County, Florida, Alexander was granted a
pretrial release with special conditions and a $150,000 bond.
Alexander will be under
electronic monitoring at all times and on home detention until the
completion of her case, the documents state.
A campaign supporting Alexander said that she was back home with her family.
"We hope the decision
means that the Florida justice system has relented in its vindictive,
hostile and racist legal assault on this African-American mother of
three," the statement by the Free Marissa Now Mobilization Campaign
Thrilled supporters in
Jacksonville, Florida, cheered Alexander's release Thursday, but also
said they were prepared to keep fighting.
"We do know this is
temporary joy. ... This is a victory, but the battle's not over yet. The
battle will be won in court," said Anthony Heard of Free Marissa Now.
"We're all just happy that she'll be home for Thanksgiving and
Christmas, and we're going to focus on that right now."