Victim: Joe Kasbach (killed)
The accused: William Siskos

Kasbach

Joe Kasbach

White male

Age at time: 46

Weapon: unarmed

Victim photo: Merritt Funeral Home

 
Siskos

William Siskos

White male

Age at time: 40

Weapon: gun

gun

Defendant photo: WILL VRAGOVIC | Times

Case type:
Argument over love interest

Location:
Other Private Property

Initiator:
Unclear

Witnesses:
Yes

Case year:
2010

Location details: At a friend's house in Spring Hill , Hernando County, on July 09, 2010

What happened: On a summer night in 2010, William Siskos tucked a .22-caliber Ruger in his waistband and walked to a home on Ligonier Road in Spring Hill. He met Joe Kasbach in the front yard and an argument broke out. Siskos had been dating Kasbach's wife in the months leading up to the fight. Within minutes, authorities say, Siskos had fatally shot Kasbach, 46, in the stomach. A witness said Kasbach never threw a punch or pulled a weapon. But Siskos says he was punched and dazed and only defending himself.

The outcome: A judge denied Siskos' stand your ground motion. Jury returned guilty verdict on June 14, 2012. Siskos was convicted of second-degree murder and carrying a concealed weapon. Sentencing is set for Aug. 2.

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: Tampa Bay Times, July 10, 2010. Link to original source

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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013