Victim: Scott Standard (killed)
The accused: James Conner III


Scott Standard

White male

Age at time: 46

Weapon: unarmed

James_Conner III

James Conner III

White male

Age at time: 49

Weapon: gun



Case type:
Argument turned violent

Victim's Property



Case year:

Location details: In front of the victim's home in Ozello, Citrus County, on Jan. 24, 2011

What happened: Scott Standard and James W. Conner III owned adjacent properties and had a long-running dispute that led Conner to seek an injunction ordering Standard to keep his distance. One night in January 2011, Standard went out to his truck before bed and came across Conner, sitting in his truck with his wife. The men argued and Standard, wearing nothing but long johns, threw a rock at the couple's truck, Conner told police. Conner pulled a gun and shot Standard at least twice, killing him. Assistant State Attorney Pete Magrino told Standard's family in May 2011 that Conner would not be charged because physical evidence and the only witness, Conner's wife, supported Conner's claim of self-defense. The family believes the case was poorly investigated and that Conner was the aggressor. They argued that even if Standard threw a rock, it could not have been dangerous because it didn't break the truck windshield.

The outcome: Not charged

Investigating agency: Citrus County Sheriff

Case decision made by: Prosecutor's office

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?


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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013