Victim: Jose Gilberto Ramirez (killed)
The accused: Owen Eugene Whitlock

Ramirez

Jose Gilberto Ramirez

Hispanic male

Age at time: 30

Weapon: unarmed

Victim photo: Florida Department of Corrections

 
Owen Eugene_Whitlock

Owen Eugene Whitlock

White male

Age at time: 62

Weapon: gun

gun

Case type:
Dispute over money/property

Location:
Defendant's Property

Initiator:
Victim

Witnesses:
Yes

Case year:
2009

Location details: Shooter's property in Winter Springs, Seminole County, on Dec. 24, 2009

What happened: Owen Eugene Whitlock asked his daughter's boyfriend to transport a grill to a relative's home so the family could cook Christmas dinner. Witnesses said Jose Ramirez was upset with how the father handled the request and angrily told them he would not be disrespected. He later confronted Whitlock at his house, raising his fists and advancing slowly toward the older man. Whitlock fired his gun once, killing the boyfriend.

The outcome: No charges filed

Investigating agency: Seminole 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?

Check

Was the victim armed?

Check

Was the victim committing a crime that led to the confrontation?

Check

Did the defendant pursue the victim?

Check

Could the defendant have retreated to avoid the conflict?

Check

Was the defendant on his or her property?

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Did someone witness the attack?

Check

Was there physical evidence?

Check

Source: Seminole County Sheriff's Office, Dec. 24, 2009.

Source: Tampa Bay Times, June 3, 2012. Link to original source

Source: WDBO.com, Dec. 25, 2009. Link to original source

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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013