Victim: Daniel Conneally
The accused: William Hyatt Stieh

Daniel_Conneally

Daniel Conneally

White male

Age at time: 39

Weapon: unarmed

 
Stieh

William Hyatt Stieh

White male

Age at time: 38

Weapon: knife

knife

Defendant photo: Pinellas County Sheriff's Office

Case type:
Dispute over money/property

Location:
Other Private Property

Initiator:
Victim

Witnesses:
Yes

Case year:
2007

Location details: A hotel room in Pinellas Park, Pinellas County, on Sept. 01, 2007

What happened: William Hyatt Stieh stabbed Daniel Conneally in a dispute over a missing wallet after the two men were involved in a sexual encounter in a hotel room with Conneally's girlfriend and a third man. Conneally and his girlfriend left the hotel and returned angrily when they realized their wallets were missing. Conneally initiated a physical confrontation and Stieh said he stabbed the unarmed man three times only after trying to get away from him repeatedly.

The outcome: The state charged Stieh with aggravated battery and a jury found him guilty. In April 2011, an appeals court reversed the conviction based on "stand your ground." He was released 2/16/2011.

Investigating agency: Pinellas County Sheriff

Case decision made by: District Court of Appeal

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?

Check

Did someone witness the attack?

Check

Was there physical evidence?

Check

Source: Second District Court of Appeal, April 1, 2011.

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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013