Rico Grey denies ever abusing Alexander and says:
it was her violent nature, not his, that ultimately landed her 20 years in prison.
Grey, who has been arrested and convicted of assault, says he admitted abuse in his deposition because he and his wife reconciled and he wanted to protect her from prison. He maintains he was trying to leave with his sons when the shot was fired.
Gray changes his story in court, says he was scared of Alexander and the judge believes him. The judge denies her stand your ground defense telling the court:
She could have escaped her attacker through the front or back door.
The state offers Alexander a plea agreement, but she refuses it believing she will be vindicated at trial.
Gray repeatedly tells the court in depositions he is violent towards women in general. He maintains he doesn’t remember if he put his hands on Alexander the morning of the shooting, but admits it’s likely saying:
Probably hit her. I got five baby mammas and I put my hands on every last one of them except for one.
Alexander has recently become estranged from her husband, Rico Gray, and has restraining order against him, even though they’d had a baby together just nine days before. She goes to her former home to retrieve the rest of her clothes. However Gray is in the house.
Gray accuses her of having an affair and questions whether the baby is his. Alexander says she locks herself in the bathroom until Gray breaks through the door and shoves her to the floor.
Alexander goes to her vehicle in the garage to get a 9mm pistol she legally owns. She comes back inside and, while her 10 and 13-year-old stepsons are in the room, fires a shot into the wall, which ricochets into the ceiling saying:
I’ve got something for your ass.
Gray later testifies that he saw Alexander point the gun at him and looked away before she fired the shot. He claimed that she was the aggressor, and that he had begged her to put away the weapon.