Victim: Carlos Ibanez (killed)
The accused: Marcos A. Trujillo

Carlos_Ibanez

Carlos Ibanez

Hispanic male

Age at time: 37

Weapon: unarmed

 
Marcos A._Trujillo

Marcos A. Trujillo

Hispanic male

Age at time: 72

Weapon: gun

gun

Case type:
Trespassing

Location:
Outside Shooter's Apartment

Initiator:
Victim

Witnesses:
No

Case year:
2009

Location details: Outside near shooter's home on Coral Bay Road in Tampa, Hillsborough County, on July 01, 2009

What happened: Marcos Antonio Trujillo shot and killed a Seventh-day Adventist on a spiritual high. Neighbors said the man had been pounding on windows and doors in the New Tampa apartment complex. Witnesses describe a man out of control but not necessarily threatening. Before he approached Trujillo's apartment and began banging on his windows, the victim, Carlos Humberto Ibanez, was doing cartwheels and banging on cars hard enough to set off alarms. He was unarmed. He lived in the same neighborhood as the shooter.

The outcome: Not charged

Investigating agency: Tampa Police

Case decision made by: Prosecutor

Trayvon Martin’s death became controversial because circumstances leading up to the shooting cast doubt on who was to blame. The Tampa Bay Times reviewed other “stand your ground” cases for similar circumstances. The Times relied on available information, some of which may not tell the whole story. When the situation was unclear, that was noted.

Yes No Unclear/
disputed

Did the victim initiate the confrontation?

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Was the victim armed?

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Was the victim committing a crime that led to the confrontation?

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Did the defendant pursue the victim?

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Could the defendant have retreated to avoid the conflict?

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Was the defendant on his or her property?

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Did someone witness the attack?

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Was there physical evidence?

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Source: Tampa Bay Times, July 16, 2009.

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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013