Victim: Justin Boyette (killed)
The accused: Michael T. Brady


Justin Boyette

White male

Age at time: 23

Weapon: unarmed

Michael T._Brady

Michael T. Brady

White male

Age at time: 43

Weapon: gun


Case type:
Neighborhood dispute

Defendant's Property



Case year:

Location details: In defendant's front yard in Winter Haven, Polk County, on April 01, 2006

What happened: Michael T. Brady shot and killed a man in his front yard after the man and one of Brady's neighbors taunted him and came on his property. Brady said the men threatened him and that he fired his gun after one of them, Justin Boyette, came into his yard with his hand behind his back. Brady, 43 at the time, said he thought the 23-year-old was going to hit him. Brady said he had taken his gun and gone out into the yard to escort his wife into the house when she arrived home. The shooting victim was unarmed.

The outcome: Cleared by grand jury but says "I wish I could turn back time."

Investigating agency: Polk County Sheriff

Case decision made by: Grand Jury

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: Orlando Sentinel, June 11, 2006. Link to original source

Source: Polk County Sheriff's Office, Dec. 31, 2006.

Source: Tampa Bay Times, July 31, 2006.

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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013