Victim: D'Angelo Marrero
The accused: Shawn Aaron Penn

Marrero

D'Angelo Marrero

White male

Age at time: 21

Weapon: unarmed

Victim photo: Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

 
Penn

Shawn Aaron Penn

White male

Age at time: 21

Weapon: none

Defendant photo: Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

Case type:
Fight at bar/party

Location:
Public

Initiator:
Unclear

Witnesses:
Yes

Case year:
2012

Location details: Sidewalk curb outside a club in Tampa, Hillsborough County, on Jan. 07, 2012

What happened: Police had just broken up one fight in the wee hours of the morning near Club Czar in Ybor City when they saw a nearby brawl in which Shawn Penn kicked D'Angelo Marrero multiple times in the head and torso while Marrero was on the ground engaged with three other combatants. During the melee, officers breaking up the fight saw a pistol on the ground. Although it was Penn's legally-owned weapon, Penn did not use it and was not sure how it came out of its holster. Penn was charged with battery on Marrero and resisting arrest without violence.

The outcome: "Stand your ground" motion has been filed but there is no hearing on the docket. Penn pleaded no contest to both charges in May of 2012.

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?

Check

Was the victim armed?

Check

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

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Did the defendant pursue the victim?

Check

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?

Check

Was there physical evidence?

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Source: Hillsborough County Clerk of Court, Jan. 7, 2012.

Source: Tampa Police Department, Jan. 7, 2012.

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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013