Victim: Shane Huse (killed)
The accused: Oscar Delbono

Huse

Shane Huse

White male

Age at time: 33

Weapon: unarmed

Victim photo: Citrus County Sheriff's Office, 2009

 
Oscar_Delbono

Oscar Delbono

Hispanic male

Age at time: 53

Weapon: gun

gun

Case type:
Neighborhood dispute

Location:
Defendant's Property

Initiator:
Victim

Witnesses:
Yes

Case year:
2009

Location details: At the front gate of the defendant's yard in Homosassa, Citrus County, on June 14, 2009

What happened: Oscar Delbono, 53, shot Shane Huse, 34, in the neck and shoulder after an argument between the neighbors, the result of a long-running dispute over Huse's two pitbull terriers. Huse's two small children were in his truck nearby when Huse approached the shooter's yard after midnight. A witness said the two were arguing and Huse, who had previously threatened Delbono, was "flailing his arms." A witness who saw the fatal shooting said Huse was turning to leave when Delbono shot him, and bullet entry wounds supported that account. Delbono said he thought Huse was "going for something. I feared for my life."

The outcome: No charges were filed. "It is a tragic, unfortunate set of circumstances that occurred, but given the state of the law there's no criminal prosecution," wrote assistant state attorney Pete Magrino, according to the Citrus Daily.

Investigating agency: Citrus County Sheriff

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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Source: Citrus Daily, June 15, 2009. Link to original source

Source: Citrus Daily, Aug. 4, 2009. Link to original source

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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013