Victim: Justin Boyette (killed)
The accused: Michael T. Brady

Justin_Boyette

Justin Boyette

White male

Age at time: 23

Weapon: unarmed

 
Michael T._Brady

Michael T. Brady

White male

Age at time: 43

Weapon: gun

gun

Case type:
Neighborhood dispute

Location:
Defendant's Property

Initiator:
Victim

Witnesses:
Yes

Case year:
2006

Location details: In defendant's front yard in Winter Haven, Polk County, on April 01, 2006

What happened: Michael T. Brady shot and killed a man in his front yard after the man and one of Brady's neighbors taunted him and came on his property. Brady said the men threatened him and that he fired his gun after one of them, Justin Boyette, came into his yard with his hand behind his back. Brady, 43 at the time, said he thought the 23-year-old was going to hit him. Brady said he had taken his gun and gone out into the yard to escort his wife into the house when she arrived home. The shooting victim was unarmed.

The outcome: Cleared by grand jury but says "I wish I could turn back time."

Investigating agency: Polk County Sheriff

Case decision made by: Grand Jury

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?

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, June 11, 2006. Link to original source

Source: Polk County Sheriff's Office, Dec. 31, 2006.

Source: Tampa Bay Times, July 31, 2006.

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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013