Victim: Thomas Baldoni
The accused: Clayton Towne

Baldoni

Thomas Baldoni

White male

Age at time: 42

Weapon: glass beer mug

Victim photo: Pasco County Sheriff's Office, 2008

 
Towne

Clayton Towne

White male

Age at time: 31

Weapon: none

Defendant photo: Pasco County, 2010

Case type:
Fight at bar/party

Location:
Public

Initiator:
Victim

Witnesses:
Yes

Case year:
2009

Location details: Parking lot of MacDaddy's Bar in Hudson, Pasco County, on Nov. 20, 2009

What happened: Clayton Nels Towne had left a bar with a group when Thomas Baldoni approached one of Towne's friends in the parking lot. When Towne tried to intervene, he later claimed, Baldoni hit him in the face with a glass beer mug. Witnesses testified that Towne punched Baldoni, blinding him in one eye, only after Baldoni continue striking the defendant.

The outcome: Judge granted immunity under "stand your ground."

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?

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: Pasco Circuit Court, Dec. 9, 2010.

Source: Pasco Circuit Court, Dec. 27, 2010.

Source: Pasco County Clerk of Court, March 10, 2010.

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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013