Victim: Haigh Frank Kopoain
The accused: Anthony Boglino

Haigh Frank_Kopoain

Haigh Frank Kopoain

White male

Age at time: 36

Weapon: unarmed

 
Boglino

Anthony Boglino

White male

Age at time: 62

Weapon: gun

gun

Defendant photo: Pasco County Sheriff's Office, 2008

Case type:
Argument turned violent

Location:
Other Private Property

Initiator:
Victim

Witnesses:
Unclear

Case year:
2008

Location details: Neighbor's yard in Hudson, Pasco County, on May 13, 2008

What happened: Anthony Boglino and Haigh Frank Kopoain were standing in their neighbor's yard when they started arguing. Boglino, 64, testified he got scared when a yelling Kopoain charged at him. He said arthritis in his hands prevented him from defending himself against the much younger man, so he fired his pistol, wounding Kopoain. Boglino was charged with attempted murder.

The outcome: A jury found Boglino not guilty after his lawyer argued that his client was protected under Florida's "stand your ground" law.

Investigating agency: Pasco County Sheriff

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.

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: Tampa Bay Times, Oct. 28, 2009. Link to original source

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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013