Victim: Carlos Lopez
The accused: Ehmanuel DeJesus

Carlos_Lopez

Carlos Lopez

Hispanic male

Age at time: 17

Weapon: unarmed

 
DeJesus

Ehmanuel DeJesus

White male

Age at time: 32

Weapon: knife

knife

Defendant photo: Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

Case type:
Domestic dispute

Location:
Victim's Home

Initiator:
Defendant

Witnesses:
Yes

Case year:
2011

Location details: In the victim's home in Tampa, Hillsborough County, on May 26, 2011

What happened: According to a police report, Ehmanuel DeJesus was drunk and refusing to leave his sister's home. When DeJesus' teenage nephew, Carlo Lopez, shoved him and knocked him to the floor, DeJesus swung a 2-inch pocket knife, leaving a minor wound on his nephew's neck. The fight continued outside until police broke it up and charged both men.

The outcome: Prosecutors charged DeJesus with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, but a judge granted "stand your ground" immunity.

Investigating agency: Tampa 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: Tampa Police Department, May 26, 2011.

Source: Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Court, Hillsborough County, Aug. 5, 2011.

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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013