Prosecutors drop case against Alabama woman charged with her fetus’s death

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Prosecutors dropped their case against a 27-year-old woman in Alabama whose fetus died after she was shot in the stomach.

Marshae Jones was charged with manslaughter by a grand jury after she was shot in the stomach during a December fight, police in Pleasant Grove said. Police said that Jones, who was five months pregnant at the time, incited the fight about the baby’s father.

The Bessemer Cutoff district attorney dismissed the manslaughter charge Wednesday, stating that, “there are no winners.”

Lawyers for Jones said in a statement Wednesday that they were “gratified” that prosecutors chose to drop the case, which was “neither reasonable nor just.”

“The District Attorney’s decision will help Marshae continue to heal from this tragic event and work to rebuild her life in a positive and productive way,” the statement said.

Ebony Jemison, the woman who allegedly shot Jones, was initially charged with manslaughter.

But a Jefferson County grand jury declined to indict after police said Jones started the fight, and Jemison, 23, ultimately fired in self-defense — though Jones was not armed. The same grand jury then said Jones did “intentionally cause the death” of her unborn child by allegedly starting the fight.

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