Victim: Netho Exilas
The accused: Ledor J. Legene


Netho Exilas

Black male

Age at time: 18

Weapon: unarmed


Ledor J. Legene

Black male

Age at time: 67

Weapon: stick and steel rod


Defendant photo: Orange County Sheriff's Office, 2010

Case type:
Domestic dispute

Defendant's Home



Case year:

Location details: Orlando in Orlando, Orange County, on Sept. 21, 2010

What happened: Unbeknownst to him, Ledor Legene's teenage daughter had invited her boyfriend to spend the night. When Legene discovered the 18-year-old boy in his kitchen that morning, he grabbed a stick and began beating him. The two men then went outside, where Legene took a steel rod from his truck and tried to hit the victim once again. When the deputy arrived, he found the two men holding onto each other and the daughter nearby.

The outcome: Legene was charged with aggravated battery and aggravated assault. He filed a "stand your ground" motion but the trial judge refused to grant a hearing. In May 2011, an appeals court ruled he was entitled to a "stand your ground" hearing. The case is pending.

Investigating agency: Orange County Sheriff

Case decision made by: Pending

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: Fifth District State Court of Appeal, May 13, 2011.

Source: Orange County Clerk of Courts, Sept. 21, 2010.

Source: Orange County Sheriff's Office, Sept. 21, 2010.

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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013