Victim: Robert Cline III (killed)
The accused: Anita Jane Smithey

Robert_Cline

Robert Cline III

White male

Age at time: 41

Weapon: none

 
Anita Jane_Smithey

Anita Jane Smithey

White female

Age at time: 41

Weapon: gun

gun

injured

Case type:
domestic dispute

Location:
In Her Bedroom

Initiator:
Unclear

Witnesses:
No

Case year:
2010

Location details: Her home in Oviedo, Seminole County, on May 04, 2010

What happened: Smithey claimed that it started out as an evening of drinking and having consensual sex with her estranged husband. She said then he got violent and started raping her at knife point so she took a gun from the night stand and shot him twice. Clines body was cool to the touch when the police arrived. Police said Smithey's story became inconsistent, evidence appeared to have been tampered with and after hours of interrogation, she admitted her knife wound was self-inflicted. The defense team was unable to convince the judge at the Stand Your Ground hearing that Smithey felt her life was in danger and she deserved immunity.

The outcome: Smithey was charged with 2nd degree murder and tampering with evidence. Her trial is pending.

Case decision made by: Prosecutor

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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Was the defendant on his or her property?

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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