Victim: William Kitchen-Jones
The accused: Sonya Maret


William Kitchen-Jones

White male

Age at time: 40

Weapon: unarmed


Sonya Maret

White female

Age at time: 33

Weapon: none

Defendant photo: Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

Case type:
Domestic dispute

Defendant's Property



Case year:

Location details: In the yard of the couple's home in Plant City, Hillsborough County, on Jan. 28, 2012

What happened: William Kitchen-Jones told police that his wife, Sonya Maret, "is going crazy'' and was scratching him all over his neck and arm. Maret told police she was acting in self-defense and that her husband had slapped her, kicked her and held her on the ground. Police believed Maret instigated the confrontation and charged her. She argued self defense.

The outcome: Judge granted "stand your ground" motion saying, "Mrs. Maret reasonably believed that force was required to defend herself against an unlawful imminent use of force by the alleged victim."

Investigating agency: Plant City Police Department

Case decision made by: Judge

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/

Did the victim initiate the confrontation?


Was the victim armed?


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


Did the defendant pursue the victim?


Could the defendant have retreated to avoid the conflict?


Was the defendant on his or her property?


Did someone witness the attack?


Was there physical evidence?


Source: Hillsborough County Clerk of Court, Jan. 28, 2012.

Source: Plant City Police Department, Jan. 28, 2012.

Source: Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Court, Hillsborough County, March 30, 2012.

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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013