Victim: Ricardo Jimeno (killed)
The accused: Alexander Lopez-Lima

Ricardo_Jimeno

Ricardo Jimeno

Hispanic male

Age at time: 18

Weapon: gun

gun
 
Lopez-Lima

Alexander Lopez-Lima

White male

Age at time: 18

Weapon: gun

gun

Defendant photo: Miami-Dade Police Department, 2011

Case type:
Drug deal gone bad

Location:
Defendant's Home

Initiator:
Victim

Witnesses:
Yes

Case year:
2011

Location details: Defendant's home in Hialeah, Miami-Dade County, on April 19, 2011

What happened: Alexander Lopez-Lima said he was at home watching TV when Richard Jimeno and Andres Perez showed up. He invited them in so he and Perez, whom he knew from school, could smoke marijuana. On entering, Perez picked up a firearm on the counter near the front door and started playing with it. Lopez-Lima went to get the marijuana and when he returned, Jimeno held him while Perez pistol-whipped him, breaking his nose. Fearing for his life, Lopez-Lima ran into his bedroom, grabbed a gun and shot Jimeno once.

The outcome: Lopez-Lima was charged with second-degree murder and tampering with evidence, but a judge dismissed the charges.

Investigating agency: Hialeah

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: Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court, Miami-Dade County, Jan. 30, 2012.

Source: Miami Herald, Feb. 16, 2012.

Source: WSVN, April 21, 2011. Link to original source

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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013