Victim: Bryan Antonio DeJesus (killed)
The accused: Jordan Beswick

Bryan Antonio_DeJesus

Bryan Antonio DeJesus

Black male

Age at time: 22

Weapon: none

 
Jordan_Beswick

Jordan Beswick

Black male

Age at time: 19

Weapon: gun

gun

unharmed

Case type:
Burglary

Location not known

Initiator:
Victim

Witnesses:
Unclear

Case year:
2013

Location details: Defendant's home in Miami-Dade County, on June 20, 2013

What happened: Jordan Beswick was home alone when someone knocked on the door and then he heard someone coming through the sliding door. Beswick grabbed his gun and fired a when DeJesus came out of the bedroom. Beswick then ran outside and when he saw DeJesus open the blinds to come out the window, he fired the fatal shot. Beswick was charged with second-degree murder.

The outcome: Prosecutors dismissed the charges in June saying "Florida's Stand Your Ground Law made it impossible for us to prosecute Jordan Beswick." Even though he left his apartment, it could not be disproved that Beswick feared for his life when he opened fire.

Investigating agency: Miami 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?

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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: Miami Herald, June 20, 2013. Link to original source

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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013