Lawyers file motion for 'completely unreasonable and unjust' charges to be dropped against Alabama woman after fetal death

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Lawyers defending a woman indicted for manslaughter after a gunshot wound to the stomach killed her fetus say the charges are "completely unreasonable and unjust" and should be dismissed.

Marshae Jones, 28, was arrested last week after a grand jury issued an indictment saying she intentionally caused the death of her fetus by initiating a fight while pregnant.

Jones was five months pregnant when 23-year-old Ebony Jemison shot her in the stomach during a December altercation over the fetus's father, authorities said.

Jemison was initially charged with manslaughter, but a Jefferson County grand jury declined to indict her after police said an investigation determined Jones started the fight, and Jemison ultimately fired in self-defense.

Lawyers representing Jones filed a motion to dismiss in a Jefferson County court Monday morning.

They said the state charged Jones using a "flawed and twisted rationale" that "ignores the law and ignores reason."

The filing argues that the idea Jones "intentionally" caused the death of her fetus "defies the most basic logic and analysis."

They also argued that Alabama law doesn't permit the prosecution of a woman with respect to her unborn child.

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