Victim: Bradley Stradtman (killed)
The accused: Cindy Gilliland

Stradtman

Bradley Stradtman

White male

Age at time: 37

Weapon: unarmed

Victim photo: Volusia County Sheriff's Office, 2009

 
Gilliland

Cindy Gilliland

White female

Age at time: 41

Weapon: knife

knife

Defendant photo: Volusia County Sheriff's Office, 2010

Case type:
Domestic dispute

Location:
Defendant's Home

Initiator:
Defendant

Witnesses:
No

Case year:
2010

Location details: In the defendant's & victim's home in Port Orange, Volusia County, on Aug. 11, 2010

What happened: Dental assistant Cindy Gilliland, 41, fatally stabbed Bradley Stradtman, 37, with a kitchen knife in the chest in their Port Orange home during an argument over $300 he owed her. The defense argued that Gilliland was afraid of Stradtman, who had backhanded her in the mouth. But investigators concluded that Gilliland had left the house for 20 minutes after she was struck, then returned to the house and reinitiated the argument. Investigators also noted that Gilliland had to walk 6 or 8 feet across a room to stab her boyfriend and that she told investigators she grabbed the knife because she wanted him to leave the house, the Daytona Beach News Journal reported in June 2011.

The outcome: A judge denied Gilliland's motion to drop second-degree murder charges. The evidence presented "made no showing that it was necessary to use deadly force," a judge said. A trial is pending.

Investigating agency: Daytona Beach Police

Investigating agency: Port Orange Police

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?

Check

Was there physical evidence?

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Source: Daytona Beach News Journal, June 4, 2011.

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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013