Victim: Brett Lee Canada (killed)
The accused: Shane Beil

Canada

Brett Lee Canada

White male

Age at time: 23

Weapon: unarmed

Victim photo: Florida Department of Corrections

 
Shane_Beil

Shane Beil

White male

Age at time: 41

Weapon: gun

gun

Case type:
Attempted theft

Location:
Defendant's Property

Initiator:
Victim

Witnesses:
No

Case year:
2009

Location details: Outside defendant's home in Sorrento, Lake County, on Nov. 19, 2009

What happened: Shane Beil's home business had been the victim of an equipment theft less than three weeks before. So when the alarm he had rigged to protect his lawn-care equipment went off at 3:30 one morning, he grabbed his .357 handgun and told his wife to call police. Beil said he went outside and found 23-year-old Brett Lee Canada in his fenced-in yard by his equipment trailer. He fatally shot the unarmed man in the foot and back.

The outcome: No charges. Assistant Orange County State Attorney Bill Gladson cited Florida statutes and supporting court decisions including the so-called "castle doctrine," which says a person may use deadly force to protect life or home or to prevent a "forcible felony."

Investigating agency: Lake County Sheriff

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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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: Orlando Sentinel, June 5, 2010.

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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013