Age at time: 29
Juan Miguel Sanchez-Perdomo
Age at time: 20
American Indian male
Age at time: 25
Fight at bar/party
Location details: Outside a strip club in Fort Myers, Lee County, on Jan. 19, 2011
What happened: Justin Campos and two friends were leaving a strip club when insults were exchanged with a group of men. Campos' friend left his truck and pistol-whipped one of the men, sending the gun flying. Campos picked up the gun and chased away the men, but one returned and punched Campos' friend. Campos then shot the man who had punched his friend, Juan Miguel Sanchez-Perdomo, 20. Campos also shot and killed Carlos Deleon-Ortiz, 29, who was walking toward the melee. Campos and his friends then drove away in his truck but were soon apprehended. Campos was charged with two counts of second degree murder.
The outcome: Campos claimed he shot both men out of fear for his life, but his "stand your ground" immunity motion was denied by a judge. A jury convicted him of second-degree murder and manslaughter. He was sentenced to life plus 25 in March 2012.
Investigating agency: Fort Myers Police
Case decision made by: Jury
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.
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?
Source: Fort Myers Police Department probable cause statement, Jan. 19, 2011.
Source: Naples Daily News, Jan. 12, 2012. Link to original source
Source: Naples Daily News, March 19, 2012.
Case last updated: July 3, 2012