Victim: Daniel S. Oliver (killed)
The accused: Samuel H. Shuttleworth

Daniel S._Oliver

Daniel S. Oliver

White male

Age at time: 19

Weapon: unknown


Samuel H. Shuttleworth

White male

Age at time: 21

Weapon: gun



Defendant photo: Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

Case type:
Domestic argument

Their Home



Case year:

Location details: In their shared apartment in Brandon, Hillsborough County, on Sept. 02, 2012

What happened: Deputies responded to a neighbor's 911 call reporting fight had broken out between two roommates. Daniel Oliver was killed by a single gunshot to the chest. Both had criminal records, access to guns in their home and there were no witnesses. Samuel Shuttleworth said they were both armed and Oliver had repeatedly attacked him before the shooting occurred. Shuttleworth claimed he only acted in self defense when he fired his shotgun.

The outcome: The Hillsborough County State Attorney's Office cited Stand Your Ground in their decision not to file charges. They said there was no evidence to refute Shuttleworth's claim of self defense. Felicia Kimmel, Oliver's mother was devastated by the news that Shuttleworth would not face a jury for shooting her son and thinks the Stand Your Ground law encourages killing and is unfair to victims.

Investigating agency: Hillsborough County Sheriff

Case decision made by: Prosecutor

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