Victim: Tony Waters (killed)
The accused: Charles Daily Jr.

Tony_Waters

Tony Waters

Black male

Age at time: 54

Weapon: knife

knife
 
Charles_Daily

Charles Daily Jr.

Black male

Age at time: 28

Weapon: gun

gun

unharmed

Case type:
Domestic argument

Location:
Defendant's Home

Initiator:
Victim

Witnesses:
Yes

Case year:
2012

Location details: Defendant's home in Sarasota, Sarasota County, on April 13, 2012

What happened: Some details are disputed but at 4 a.m. on April 13th there was an argument and Charles Daily shot his stepfather 14 times. Daily said Tony Waters had come home drunk and belligerent and started attacking him and his mother. He said that Waters came at him with a knife and he shot him. Daily called 911 but did not mention the knife until later when he was interviewed by sheriff's deputies. Upon returning to the crime scene, deputies did not find a knife laying by the body. Daily's mother said she moved the knife to the kitchen and deputies found other evidence had also been tampered with. Daily was charged with second-degree murder.

The outcome: A SYG hearing was held on October 24, 2012 & Dailey's motion for immunity was denied. There was testimony about the knife and that Daily had told the victim's brother and others that he was gong to kill Waters. Daily's trial is scheduled to start on November 5th.

Investigating agency: Sarasota County Sheriff's Office

Case decision made by: jury

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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