APOLLO BEACH, Fla. - On our way out to the park with Audrey Mabrey and her two boys, she shows off her new purple umbrella. It's a "must have" item for the young woman burned alive 18 months ago. Her skin, still very sensitive, is healing from burns over 80% of her body. The umbrella helps.
Audrey won't leave home without it. Her sense of humor in tact, Audrey is the cool mom on the playground – making an entrance with her umbrella, tucking it away long enough to whiz down curvy slides with two-year-old Maleek and five-year-old Maliki.
She is happy to be alive! Thrilled to say her husband did not "break" her spirit or keep her from a life with her sons. Christopher Hanney is charged with the November 2009 brutal attack in Apollo Beach where Audrey was stabbed, raped, beaten with a hammer and then set on fire. Hanney's trial on charges of attempted first degree murder was set to begin last month but was postponed to September.
In the days leading up to the May trial date, we sat down with Audrey to talk about the upcoming court appearance…her fears…her memories of the attack…how she may feel standing within yards of the man accused of trying to kill her.
"Seeing him and facing him, that's like a cake walk for me, but coming out with a non-guilty verdict that troubles me", says Audrey referring to the possibility of a non-guilty verdict. "I'm concerned that people are not going to believe for some reason," she says, "I find that interesting because I know that it's the truth."