Victim: William Kuch
The accused: Gregory Allan Stewart

Kuch

William Kuch

White male

Age at time: 23

Weapon: unarmed

Victim photo: Pasco County Sheriff's Office, 2009

 
Stewart

Gregory Allan Stewart

White male

Age at time: 32

Weapon: gun

gun

Defendant photo: Pasco County Sheriff's Office

Case type:
Trespassing

Location:
Defendant's Property

Initiator:
Victim

Witnesses:
No

Case year:
2009

Location details: In the defendant's yard at 3239 Golden Eagle Drive in Land O'Lakes in Wesley Chapel, Pasco County, on Aug. 01, 2009

What happened: William Kuch was unarmed and drunk when he wandered up to Gregory Stewart's door about 5 a.m. in August 2009. When he tried to open the door, Stewart warned him off. When he came back and tried again, Stewart pointed a gun at him. Kuch allegedly said he needed a light and that he wasn't afraid. Stewart said Kuch then moved toward him, so he fired. Kuch recovered and Stewart faced no criminal action.

The outcome: The Pasco County Sheriff's Office originally arrested Stewart on aggravated battery charges, but the prosecutors declined to prosecute.

Investigating agency: Pasco County Sheriff

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 Tribune, Oct. 31, 2009.

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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013