Victims: Gloria Rodgers, Daniel Rodgers (killed)
The accused: Brian Boardway

Gloria_Rodgers

Gloria Rodgers

White female

Age at time: unknown

Weapon: unarmed

Daniel_Rodgers

Daniel Rodgers

Black male

Age at time: 58

Weapon: unarmed

 
Boardway

Brian Boardway

White male

Age at time: 32

Weapon: gun

gun

Defendant photo: Lake County Sheriff's Office

Case type:
Alleged home invasion

Location:
Defendant's Home

Initiator:
Unclear

Witnesses:
Yes

Case year:
2008

Location details: In defendant's home, a trailer his mother owned in Tavares, Lake County, on Dec. 28, 2008

What happened: Brian Boardway, unemployed and living in a trailer owned by his mother, wounded her and killed his stepfather when he fired on them after they showed up for a visit. Boardway said he awoke that day to what he thought was an intruder. He testified that he didn't see his mother and that he told an unidentified man to leave. The man, Boardway's stepfather Daniel Rodgers, only laughed and reached for a gun, Boardway said. Circuit Judge Mark Nacke rejected Boardway's self-defense claim, and a jury later convicted him of second-degree murder. Rodgers and his wife were unarmed.

The outcome: Judge denied immunity. Jury found him guilty of second-degree murder and judge sentenced him to 40 years in prison.

Investigating agency: Lake County Sheriff

Case decision made by: Jury

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Yes No Unclear/
disputed

Did the victim initiate the confrontation?

Check

Was the victim armed?

Check

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

Check

Did the defendant pursue the victim?

Check

Could the defendant have retreated to avoid the conflict?

Check

Was the defendant on his or her property?

Check

Did someone witness the attack?

Check

Was there physical evidence?

Check

Source: Orlando Sentinel, May 30, 2010.

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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013