Victim: Regina Patricia Crosky
The accused: Ashley Ari McCullough

Regina Patricia_Crosky

Regina Patricia Crosky

Black female

Age at time: 49

Weapon: knife

Ashley Ari_McCullough

Ashley Ari McCullough

Black female

Age at time: 28

Weapon: chair


Case type:
argument turned violent


Initiator not known


Case year:

Location details: home of defendant's aunt in Ocala, Marion County, on Oct. 08, 2011

What happened: Ashley Ari McCullough and Patricia Crosky had an intimate relationship. As Crosky told police, McCullough, who had been drinking and got upset about someone stealing a dollar from her. When Crosky tried to calm her down, McCullough hit her on the head with a chair and also stomped and kicked her when she fell to the ground. According to McCullough, she thought Crosky was going to hit her so she struck first. McCullough apparently then followed Crosky to another residence, where Crosky stabbed her with a pocketknife.

The outcome: State Attorney's office declined to press charges against either woman: "The action of her stabbing Ashley McCullough in fact fit the definition of the stand your ground law. It was expalined this law applies due to the fact McCullough hit Crosky in the back of the head with a chair, which meets the statutory requirements of aggravated battery and is a forcible felony. I was further advised charges would not be pursued against McCullough because the likelihood of conviction was minimal.''

Investigating agency: Ocala P.D.

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/

Did the victim initiate the confrontation?


Was the victim armed?


Was the victim committing a crime that led to the confrontation?


Did the defendant pursue the victim?


Could the defendant have retreated to avoid the conflict?


Was the defendant on his or her property?


Did someone witness the attack?


Was there physical evidence?


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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013