Victim: Keith Quackenbush
The accused: Andrew Smith

Keith_Quackenbush

Keith Quackenbush

White male

Age at time: unknown

Weapon: box cutter

 
Andrew_Smith

Andrew Smith

White male

Age at time: 29

Weapon: knife

knife

injured

Case type:
argument turned violent

Location not known

Initiator:
Victim

Witnesses:
Yes

Case year:
2012

Location details: in Smith's car in Pensacola, Escambia County, on July 05, 2012

What happened: Andrew Smith and Keith Quackenbush went out with friends. Later in the evening they were in Smith's car and they got into an argument. Quackenbush was asked to get out of the vehicle. He refused but Smith was able to remove him from the vehicle and tried to the leave the area. Quackenbush got back in and Smith removed him again. Quackenbush then jumped on the vehicle and there was a physical altercation. Quackenbush cut Smith with a box cutter and Smith grabbed his knife and stabbed Quackenbush several times. Police arrived and arrested Smith. Quackenbush was taken to the hospital with life threatening injuries but recovered. Smith was charged with Aggravated Battery with a deadly weapon.

The outcome: Case dismissed after reviewing the case details and witness testimony at the Stand Your Ground hearing.

Investigating agency: Escambia County Sheriff

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/
disputed

Did the victim initiate the confrontation?

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Was the victim armed?

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

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Did the defendant pursue the victim?

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Could the defendant have retreated to avoid the conflict?

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Did someone witness the attack?

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Was there physical evidence?

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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013