Victim: Robert Camacho (killed)
The accused: Nadim Yaqubie

Robert_Camacho

Robert Camacho

Black male

Age at time: 50

Weapon: unarmed

 
Yaqubie

Nadim Yaqubie

White male

Age at time: 19

Weapon: knife

knife

Defendant photo: Miami-Dade Police Department, 2008

Case type:
Dispute over money/property

Location:
Public

Initiator:
Victim

Witnesses:
No

Case year:
2008

Location details: Outside a nightclub after an altercation in line in South Beach, Miami-Dade County, on May 01, 2008

What happened: While visiting Miami from New York City, Nadim Yaqubie bought the ID card of Robert Camacho, a 50-year-old homeless man, from a third party for $50. Camacho then confronted Yaqubie as he stood in line at a club and demanded his ID back, saying Yaqubie was only "renting" it. He threatened Yaqubie, and Yaqubie, 19, ran off into an alley. During a struggle in the alley, Yaqubie stabbed Camacho, who was unarmed, four times with a 7- to 8-inch knife. Yaqubie then took a taxi to a Domino's Pizza and returned to his hotel. The next night, while partying at a Miami nightclub, his fake ID was seized and he confessed to police, saying he had killed Camacho in self-defense.

The outcome: Yaqubie was charged initially with second-degree murder. The trial judge denied immunity but reduced the charge to manslaughter. The 3rd DCA said the judge erred, saying his ruling should have been based on the "preponderance of evidence," rather than denying the motion because of conflicting testimony. The appeals court also said that if the judge denied Yaqubie immunity after a second hearing, he must reinstate the murder charge. In January 2012, the judge rejected Yaqubie's "stand your ground" motion after a hearing. Yaqubie's trial on second-degree murder charges is pending.

Case decision made by: Pending

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: Miami Herald, Jan. 17, 2012.

Source: Miami-Dade County Clerk, May 20, 2008.

Source: Third District Court of Appeal, June 16, 2010.

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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013