Women Can Stand Their Ground Too
Callie Adams, a former U. S. Marine, black woman and mother was arrested in the July 2011 shooting death of her husband after the two engaged in a physical altercation in Jacksonville’s Arlington neighborhood. Today, she is a free woman nearly six years later a after failed ‘stand your ground’ petition.
Adams testified that she entered her vehicle to leave when her husband, Rodney Adams, struck her several times. She said she produced a gun she was carrying, but he jumped in the back seat, placed his hands around her throat, and that’s when she fired two shots, killing him. Police said Mr. Adams had a blood alcohol level of 0.19, more than two times the legal limit.
Ms. Adams has always maintained it was self-defense. Now, that stance is no longer up for discussion, as the new Fourth Circuit State Attorney Melissa Nelson state has dismissed the second degree murder charge against her.
This is in stark contrast to former Fourth Circuit State Attorney Angela Corey who according to many was considered the “cruelest” state attorney in America. Corey was infamous for a similar case involving the conviction of Marissa Alexander (now free) who was formerly sentenced to 20 years in prison after firing a single shot to scare off the husband she says abused her.
Have the gods shined on north Florida with the election of Republican State Attorney Melissa Nelson? Is she a fair champion of women who choose to defend themselves in what they perceive as life threatening situation? Have we finally come to the light after being in the Dark Ages of our local criminal justice system? I certainly hope so.
From a distance, Fourth Circuit State Attorney Melissa Nelson appears intelligent, thoughtful and unwilling to take local law enforcement down the same path as her predecessor. That alone, gives this part of Florida reason to be optimistic.