Victim: Marques Butler (killed)
The accused: Nicholas Ferro

Marques_Butler

Marques Butler

Black male

Age at time: 23

Weapon: unarmed

 
Nicholas_Ferro

Nicholas Ferro

White male

Age at time: 23

Weapon: knife

knife

unharmed

Case type:
Argument turned violent

Location:
On Caroline Street

Initiator:
Unclear

Witnesses:
Yes

Case year:
2009

Location details: At Fantasy Fest in Key West, Monroe County, on Oct. 31, 2009

What happened: There was a clash between some local men and a group from Hollywood at Fantasy Fest in 2009. While the out-of-towners were waiting for a cab, there was an exchange of words which escalated into a street fight and Zachary Ferro fatally stabbed Marques Butler in the abdomen with his pocket knife.

The outcome: The 3rd District Court of Appeal denied Ferro immunity from prosecution under the "stand your ground" law. During the March trial, the defense argued that Ferro's action were "justifiable homicide." The jury spent days deliberating but a mistrial was declared when they were unable to reach a verdict. Last July, a judge granted Ferro bail at $750,000 while he awaits his second trial.

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/
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