Victim: John Hilton
The accused: Richard Edward Schultz

John_Hilton

John Hilton

White male

Age at time: unknown

Weapon: unclear

 
Richard Edward_Schultz

Richard Edward Schultz

White male

Age at time: 32

Weapon: gun

gun

unharmed

Case type:
neighbor dispute

Location not known

Initiator:
Defendant

Witnesses:
Unclear

Case year:
2009

Location details: victim's home in Orlando, Orange County, on Dec. 21, 2009

What happened: Richard Schultz went to the home of a neighbor and the two argued. Schultz, who was armed with a gun, claimed that Hilton charged at him with a screwdriver and he shot him multiple times. Schultz was charged with attempted murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

The outcome: The case against Schultz was dismissed after a Stand Your Ground hearing.

Investigating agency: Orlando Police

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