Victim: Vladimir Santos
The accused: Julian Gonzalez

Vladimir_Santos

Vladimir Santos

White male

Age at time: 25

Weapon: none

 
Julian_Gonzalez

Julian Gonzalez

White male

Age at time: 35

Weapon: gun

gun

unharmed

Case type:
argument turned violent

Location:
At Victim's Rented House

Initiator:
Defendant

Witnesses:
Yes

Case year:
2010

Location details: North Miami Beach, Miami-Dade County, on May 10, 2010

What happened: Santos was told by the bank that the house he was renting was in foreclosure and he should not pay any more rent. Gonzalez, the landlord, arrived and demanded that Santos either pay rent or move out. They argued and Gonzalez pulled a gun out of his waistband and shot Santos in the head. The jury did not buy Gonzalez's Stand Your Ground defense because there was no credible evidence that his life was in danger. The judge had already decided that Stand Your Ground did not apply because as a landlord Santos didn't have legal entitlement to be at his tenant's property.

The outcome: The jury found Santos guilty of 2nd degree murder and the judge sentenced him to life in prison.

Investigating agency: North Miami Beach 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?

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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?

Check

Could the defendant have retreated to avoid the conflict?

Check

Was the defendant on his or her property?

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Did someone witness the attack?

Check

Was there physical evidence?

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Source: Herald Tribune, April 6, 2012. Link to original source

Source: Miami New Times, May 20, 2010. Link to original source

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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013