Rumlin said protesters will be in Tallahassee when the state Legislature convenes early next year in hopes of getting 10-20-Life repealed.

For now, their fingers remain pointed at Corey, who they said had the choice to add 10-20-Life to Alexander's sentencing.

"The state attorney has the discretion to charge a crime with the way that she sees it," said Randy Depp, a defense attorney and former prosecutor. "But I'll tell you she was elected very similar to the legislators, which is being hard on crime, and it would seem soft to have somebody shooting at somebody else and not bring that charge against them."

Corey is out of town and was unavailable for comment Thursday.

Last week, Alexander's new lawyer from Fort Lauderdale filed a notice of appeal with the District Court of Appeals. That lawyer did not return a call for comment Thursday.