Victim: Marcus Samuel (killed)
The accused: Terry McKeliver

Marcus_Samuel

Marcus Samuel

Black male

Age at time: 25

Weapon: gun

gun
 
Terry_McKeliver

Terry McKeliver

Black male

Age at time: 24

Weapon: gun

gun

Case type:
Argument turned violent

Location:
Public

Initiator:
Unclear

Witnesses:
Yes

Case year:
2012

Location details: Sportsman Park basketball courts near Andrew Lutheran Church in Port St. Lucie, St. Lucie County, on March 14, 2012

What happened: After a fight on the basketball courts, both men ran to their cars to get weapons. Terry McKeliver said the other man aimed his gun first, so he shot, killing 25-year-old Margate resident Marcus Samuel. McKeliver drove away. When police stopped his car, they found marijuana in his passenger's lap.

The outcome: Police did not arrest McKeliver. Investigation continues.

Case decision made by: Police

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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Source: Stuart News, March 17, 2012.

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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013