Mason

Quantai Lamar Mason

Black male

Age at time: 19

Weapon: knife

knife

Defendant photo: Florida Department of Corrections

Case type:
Argument turned violent

Location:
Private Property

Initiator:
Victim

Witnesses:
No

Case year:
2010

Location details: On the front porch where he was a guest in Brooksville, Hernando County, on June 21, 2010

What happened: According to what his mother told police, an unidentified juvenile confronted Quantai Mason and accused him of abusing another child a few days earlier. Mason allegedly pulled out a knife and after a verbal exchange slashed the juvenile in the chest. The juvenile tried to get the knife away and was stabbed again in the leg. Police charged Mason.

The outcome: Mason charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and cruelty toward a child but judge granted "stand your ground" motion for immunity.

Investigating agency: Brooksville 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: Fifth Judicial Circuit, Citrus County, Oct. 7, 2010.

Source: Fifth Judicial Circuit, Citrus County, Nov. 12, 2010.

Source: Hernando County Clerk of Court, June 21, 2010.

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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013