Victim: James Houghtaling
The accused: Vincent Strollo

James_Houghtaling

James Houghtaling

White male

Age at time: 50

Weapon: unarmed

 
Vincent_Strollo

Vincent Strollo

White male

Age at time: 50

Weapon: board

Case type:
Argument turned violent

Location:
Other Private Property

Initiator:
Victim

Witnesses:
Yes

Case year:
2010

Location details: In the defendant's apartment complex in Daytona Beach, Volusia County, on July 19, 2010

What happened: Vincent Strollo and James Houghtaling had a simmering argument throughout the day in communal areas of Strollo's apartment building. Strollo accused the other man of being drunk, raucous and threatening. At one point, the landlord asked Houghtaling to leave the complex, where he had been visiting a friend. Strollo also called police, who arrived and found the man had left. But Houghtaling returned later and during another confrontation, Strollo hit him with a 2-by-4 board. He said Houghtaling was drunk and attacking him and his girlfriend.

The outcome: Judge ruled he was immune from prosecution.

Investigating agency: Daytona Beach 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?

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Was there physical evidence?

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Source: Daytona Beach News Journal, Jan. 3, 2011.

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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013