Victim: Ramon Arzola (killed)
The accused: Yajaira Jimenez-Castillo

Ramon _Arzola

Ramon Arzola

White male

Age at time: 23

Weapon: knife

knife
 
Jimenez-Castillo

Yajaira Jimenez-Castillo

Hispanic female

Age at time: 15

Weapon: knife

knife

Defendant photo: Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

Case type:
Alleged sexual assault

Location:
Public

Initiator:
Victim

Witnesses:
No

Case year:
2008

Location details: On a public street in Tampa, Hillsborough County, on June 13, 2008

What happened: Jimenez-Castillo, 15, said she was defending herself from sexual assault when Ramon Arzola tried to grab her breast and pulled a knife. She said she fought back, taking the knife then stabbing Arzola — 74 times. Jimenez-Castillo was drunk and high at the time of the killing.

The outcome: The judge rejected the defendant's "stand your ground" motion and sentenced her in November 2010 to 15 years. All but three years were suspended.

Investigating agency: Hillsborough County Sheriff

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: Hillsborough County Clerk of Court, June 30, 2008.

Source: Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, June 13, 2008.

Source: Second District Court of Appeal, March 25, 2011.

Source: Tampa Bay Times, Nov. 29, 2010. Link to original source

Source: Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Court, Hillsborough County, March 10, 2010.

Click here for more information about how we compiled these cases. Know of something we missed or have a photo to share? Submit a case here.

 

Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013