Victim: Richard Piovesan (killed)
The accused: Robert Peaden

Piovesan

Richard Piovesan

White male

Age at time: 44

Weapon: unarmed

Victim photo: Florida Department of Corrections

 
Robert_Peaden

Robert Peaden

White male

Age at time: 57

Weapon: gun

gun

unharmed

Case type:
Dispute over money/property

Location:
Defendant's Home

Initiator:
Victim

Witnesses:
No

Case year:
2005

Location details: Inside the defendant's mobile home in Pensacola, Escambia County, on Oct. 12, 2005

What happened: Robert Peaden had used a piece of wood belonging to Richard Piovesan to build a step. Piovesan, brother of Peaden's live-in girlfriend, demanded $40 for the lumber, but Peaden told him he was crazy because "the board done laid out there and rotted." The following day, Piovesan came into Peaden's trailer and started threatening him. As he approached, Peaden rolled his chair away from the door, then shot Piovesan "three or four times." Piovesan turned and ran from trailer only to die in an adjacent yard. The shooting occurred just 11 days after Florida's "stand your ground" law went into effect.

The outcome: Escambia County Sheriff's office ruled that Florida's "Home Protection" statute applied and they did not arrest Peaden. "Peaden felt threatened and retreated as far as he could in the trailer before arming himself with his weapon." Although the sheriff did not believe the new "stand your ground" rules applied to the case, the investigator sent the case for review to the state attorney. The state attorney no longer has the files, but no charges were ever filed against Peaden. Peaden died Aug. 30, 2007.

Investigating agency: Escambia County Sheriff

Case decision made by: Police

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: Escambia County Sheriff's Office, Oct. 12, 2005.

Source: Pensacola News Journal, Oct. 16, 2005.

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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013