John_Ross

John Ross

Black male

Age at time: 29

Weapon: none

 
Arzie Lee_Tory

Arzie Lee Tory

Black male

Age at time: 48

Weapon: gun

gun

injured

Case type:
argument turned violent

Location not known

Initiator:
Victim

Witnesses:
Unclear

Case year:
2011

Location details: at work in Vero Beach, Indian River County, on July 12, 2011

What happened: 48-year-old Arzie Tory was threatened and assaulted by a much younger co-worker after arriving at his lawn maintenance job. After Tory was punched in the eye, he fled to his car and got his semi-automatic handgun. He warned John Ross to stay away from him. Tory did not fire the gun but he was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Tory was treated at the hospital for a cut near his eye.

The outcome: Circuit Court Judge Robert Pegg granted a motion to dismiss the charge case based on the Stand Your Ground law.

Investigating agency: Indian River Sheriff's Ofiice

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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Source: TC Palm, Dec. 12, 2012. Link to original source

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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013