Victim: Marcos Santiago (killed)
The accused: Adeirean Carey

Santiago

Marcos Santiago

White male

Age at time: 17

Weapon: unarmed

Victim photo: Fort Myers News-Press

 
Carey

Adeirean Carey

Black male

Age at time: 26

Weapon: gun

gun

Defendant photo: Fort Myers News-Press

Case type:
Attempted home invasion

Location:
Defendant's Home

Initiator:
Victim

Witnesses:
No

Case year:
2009

Location details: Defendant's home in Pine Manor neighborhood in Fort Myers, Lee County, on June 09, 2009

What happened: Adeirean Carey heard a noise outside the window of his house and told the intruder to stop. He said he fired a warning shot, not knowing it hit anyone. Marcos Santiago died, and police later found evidence that he was trying to break into a window.

The outcome: The charge of manslaughter was dismissed under stand your ground, with no opposition from the state. The assistant state attorney said, "The stand your ground law has ramifications that the Legislature did not envision. It oft-times slaps the face of grieving families."

Investigating agency: Fort Myers Police

Investigating agency: Lee County Sheriff

Case decision made by: Judge

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: Fort Myers News-Press, Sept. 16, 2010. Link to original source

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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013