Victim: Willie Chester (killed)
The accused: Dan Daley

Chester

Willie Chester

Black male

Age at time: 53

Weapon: unarmed

Victim photo: Florida Department of Corrections

 
Dan_Daley

Dan Daley

White male

Age at time: 60

Weapon: gun

gun

Case type:
argument turned violent

Location:
Public

Initiator:
Victim

Witnesses:
Yes

Case year:
2012

Location details: outside victim's duplex in Ocala, Marion County, on Feb. 04, 2012

What happened: Dan Daley went to Willie Chester's duplex to complain about Chester's dog barking too much. A verbal altercation ensued, but Daley turned and walked away. According to Ocala.com, Chester ran into the street, confronted Daley and began beating him. Daley shot Chester as many as six times, fatally wounding him.

The outcome: State attorney's ruled that Chester was the aggressor and that the shooting was justified.

Investigating agency: Marion county

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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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013