Age at time: unknown
Age at time: 17
Location details: at a Hess station in Hollywood, Broward County, on Feb. 23, 2012
What happened: No one is named in this case. The video tape shows a man make a gesture and comment to a young man on a skateboard outside a gas station. The skateboarder approaches the man and is attacked. The brother of the attacker comes out the door and joins in the fight. They go after the skateboarder again when he tries to leave and throw one of their bicycles at him. The skateboarder finally pulls a knife and stabs the first attacker to get away. There were two men at the Hess station watching the fight but they didn't seem to get involved. The 17-year-old skateboarder was charged with aggravated battery in the stabbing.
The outcome: The judge granted the motion to dismiss the aggravated battery charge against the 17-year-old skateboarder after watching the gas station's surveillance video at the Stand Your Ground hearing in April.
Investigating agency: Hollywood 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.
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: NBC Miami, April 28, 2012. Link to original source
Case last updated: Oct. 12, 2012