Victim: Elmer Chancellor Pyles
The accused: James Allen McNamara

Pyles

Elmer Chancellor Pyles

White male

Age at time: 38

Weapon: unarmed

Victim photo: Pinellas County Sheriff's Office

 
McNamara

James Allen McNamara

White male

Age at time: 35

Weapon: none

Defendant photo: Pinellas County Sheriff's Office

Case type:
Argument turned violent

Location:
Public

Initiator:
Unclear

Witnesses:
Yes

Case year:
2011

Location details: On a residential street in Largo, Pinellas County, on Feb. 05, 2011

What happened: James McNamara was one of four drunken men fighting when police arrived. One deputy said another man was the primary aggressor against McNamara, who was trying to pull away. Another deputy arrested McNamara, however, for resisting arrest. He was also charged with disorderly conduct.

The outcome: The disorderly conduct case was dismissed after the public defender filed a motion for immunity under "stand your ground." McNamara was sentenced to time served on the resisting arrest charge.

Case decision made by: Judge

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?

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Was the victim armed?

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

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Did the defendant pursue the victim?

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Could the defendant have retreated to avoid the conflict?

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Was the defendant on his or her property?

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Did someone witness the attack?

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Was there physical evidence?

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Source: Pinellas County Clerk of Court case progress docket, Feb. 6, 2011.

Source: Pinellas County Court, Nov. 20, 2011.

Source: Polk County Sheriff's Office, Feb. 7, 2011.

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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013