Victim: Todd Edward Fryer (killed)
The accused: Raymond Emala

Todd Edward_Fryer

Todd Edward Fryer

White male

Age at time: 41

Weapon: unarmed

 
Raymond_Emala

Raymond Emala

White male

Age at time: 56

Weapon: gun

gun

Case type:
argument turned violent

Location:
Public

Initiator:
Victim

Witnesses:
Yes

Case year:
2010

Location details: outside defendant's friend's home in Oklawaha, Marion County, on Nov. 10, 2010

What happened: Todd Edward Fryer and his girlfriend went to his mother's home and began arguing with her. That confrontation escalated to the point the girlfriend was arrested for battery. In the meantime, Fryer's mother called a male friend, Raymond Emala, who arrived with his 8-year-old daughter. According to a story in Ocala.com, Fryer approached Emala's vehicle in an aggressive, threatening manner. Emala, unable to defend himself due to a physical limitation, pulled out a gun, hoping Fryer would retreat. Fryer reportedly lunged for the gun, and Emala fatally shot him in the chest and arm.

The outcome: State Attorney's office ruled the shooting was justified.

Case decision made by: prosecutors

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: Ocala Star-Banner, Feb. 15, 2011. Link to original source

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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013