The Alabama woman who was charged with manslaughter in the death of her unborn child after she was shot in the stomach during a fight, will not be prosecuted according to a statement released by the district attorney on Wednesday.
District Attorney Lynneice Washington said she respected the findings of the grand jury in bringing the charges against Marshae Jones, however, she decided to drop the charges in the “interest of justice”.
“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,’’ Washington said, according to AL.com. “Therefore, I am hereby dismissing this case, and no further legal action will be taken against Ms. Jones in this matter.”
“There are no winners, only losers, in this sad ordeal,” she said.
According to authorities, back in December, Jones started a fight with co-worker Ebony Jemison over the unborn baby’s father. At some point during the fight Jemison pulled a gun an shot Jones in the stomach. At the time Jones was 5 months pregnant. Jones was taken to the hospital, where she lost the baby.
This spring, a Jefferson County (Ala.) grand jury declined to bring an indictment against Jemison, finding that she had shot Jones in self-defense. But the grand jurors handed up a charge of manslaughter against Jones, finding that by starting the fight, she had ultimately caused the death of her unborn child.