Age at time: unknown
Age at time: 58
Age at time: 32
Alleged home invasion
Location details: In defendant's home, a trailer his mother owned in Tavares, Lake County, on Dec. 28, 2008
What happened: Brian Boardway, unemployed and living in a trailer owned by his mother, wounded her and killed his stepfather when he fired on them after they showed up for a visit. Boardway said he awoke that day to what he thought was an intruder. He testified that he didn't see his mother and that he told an unidentified man to leave. The man, Boardway's stepfather Daniel Rodgers, only laughed and reached for a gun, Boardway said. Circuit Judge Mark Nacke rejected Boardway's self-defense claim, and a jury later convicted him of second-degree murder. Rodgers and his wife were unarmed.
The outcome: Judge denied immunity. Jury found him guilty of second-degree murder and judge sentenced him to 40 years in prison.
Investigating agency: Lake County Sheriff
Case decision made by: Jury
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Did the victim initiate the confrontation?
Was the victim armed?
Was the victim committing a crime that led to the confrontation?
Did the defendant pursue the victim?
Could the defendant have retreated to avoid the conflict?
Was the defendant on his or her property?
Did someone witness the attack?
Was there physical evidence?
Source: Orlando Sentinel, May 30, 2010.
Case last updated: July 3, 2012