Victim: Roberto Legarreta (killed)
The accused: Luis Perez


Roberto Legarreta

White male

Age at time: 37

Weapon: knife


Victim photo: Daytona Beach News Journal


Luis Perez

White male

Age at time: 28

Weapon: gun


Case type:
Domestic dispute

Victim's Property



Case year:

Location details: In front of victim's house in the 600 block of Belltower Avenue in Deltona, Volusia County, on March 09, 2006

What happened: Luis Perez was in his car waiting to pick someone up when his aunt's husband, 37-year-old Roberto Legarreta, charged at him with what Perez thought was a machete or crowbar. Perez said he couldn't get his keys out fast enough to drive away so he fired a gun he had next to him, striking the man five times. Some of the shots struck the victim's backside. Sheriff's deputies later recovered a 12-inch knife at the scene. Perez said he didn't know why the man charged him. But the victim's wife said Perez was yelling at her husband and calling him a "fool" before he fired. Perez sped away from the scene but soon stopped at a gas station, called police and waited for them to arrive. The wife told police she had begged her nephew to arrive 15 minutes later so her husband would not be there when he arrived.

The outcome: Perez was not charged.

Investigating agency: Volusia 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/

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: Deltona Info, March 10, 2006.

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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013