Victim: Ronald A. Carrubba
The accused: Margaret Johnson-Burton

Carrubba

Ronald A. Carrubba

White male

Age at time: 62

Weapon: unarmed

Victim photo: Collier County Sheriff's Office, 2009

 
Johnson-Burton

Margaret Johnson-Burton

White female

Age at time: 62

Weapon: gun

gun

Defendant photo: Collier County Sheriff's Office, 2010

Case type:
Dispute over money/property

Location:
Defendant's Home

Initiator:
Victim

Witnesses:
No

Case year:
2010

Location details: Defendant and victim's home in Golden Gate, Collier County, on June 03, 2010

What happened: Widow Margaret Johnson-Burton shot her tenant after an argument over a misplaced ashtray. Johnson-Burton, then 62, said she tried to return the ashtray to the man who was renting a room in her house but the man told her he would kill her if she didn't leave his room. She told police she believed the threat, so when Ronald A. Currubba started to get up, she shot him twice. She then called 911. Currubba, 62, survived.

The outcome: Trial pending as of April 2012.

Investigating agency: Collier County Sheriff

Case decision made by: Pending

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?

Check

Could the defendant have retreated to avoid the conflict?

Check

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: Naples Daily News, Nov. 30, 2010. Link to original source

Source: Naples Daily News, June 3, 2011. Link to original source

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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013