Victim: Omar Bonilla (killed)
The accused: Demarro Battle

Bonilla

Omar Bonilla

White male

Age at time: 27

Weapon: gun

gun

Victim photo: Florida Department of Corrections

 
Battle

Demarro Battle

Black male

Age at time: 21

Weapon: gun

gun

Defendant photo: Lee County Sheriff's Office

Case type:
Fight at bar/party

Location:
Victim's Property

Initiator:
Unclear

Witnesses:
Yes

Case year:
2009

Location details: During party at victim's home in Fort Myers, Lee County, on July 17, 2009

What happened: Demarro Battle fatally shot Omar Bonilla after an argument at a party. Earlier in the dispute, Bonilla had fired his gun into the ground and beaten Battle in the head. Then Bonilla ran inside his apartment, gave his gun to a friend, telling him to hide it, and returned unarmed to confront Battle. Battle, meanwhile, had retrieved his gun from his car and fatally shot Bonilla.

The outcome: Battle was arrested by police and charged with second-degree murder. But charges were dropped by the state attorney. "Under current Florida law the defendant had no duty to retreat," an assistant state attorney wrote.

Investigating agency: Fort Myers Police

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?

Check

Was the victim armed?

Check

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

Check

Did the defendant pursue the victim?

Check

Could the defendant have retreated to avoid the conflict?

Check

Was the defendant on his or her property?

Check

Did someone witness the attack?

Check

Was there physical evidence?

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Source: The News Press, Aug. 30, 2009.

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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013