Victim: Dustin Sean White (killed)
The accused: Douglas Cevallos Jr.

Dustin Sean_White

Dustin Sean White

White male

Age at time: 17

Weapon: unarmed

 
Cevallos

Douglas Cevallos Jr.

Hispanic male

Age at time: 19

Weapon: gun

gun

Defendant photo: Pasco County Sheriff's Office, 2009

Case type:
Fight at bar/party

Location:
Public

Initiator:
Unclear

Witnesses:
Yes

Case year:
2009

Location details: parking lot of clubhouse in Land O'Lakes, Pasco County, on June 14, 2009

What happened: Douglas Cevallos Jr., 19, and Dustin Sean White, 17, were guests at a party when a fight broke out outside. It's not clear why White or Cevallos were involved in the fight, but at some point during the scuffle a .40-caliber handgun fell out of the pocket of one of the fighters. Cevallos picked it up, according to Pasco Sheriff's officials. He waved it, pointed it and fired it, hitting White.

The outcome: Cevallos was charged with manslaughter. A "Stand your ground" motion was filed March 12, 2012 and denied in August. Cevallos was found guilty at trial on 2/20/13.

Investigating agency: Pasco 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?

Check

Was the victim armed?

Check

Was the victim committing a crime that led to the confrontation?

Check

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?

Check

Did someone witness the attack?

Check

Was there physical evidence?

Check

Source: Pasco County Clerk of Court, April 16, 2012.

Source: Tampa Bay Times, June 17, 2009. Link to original source

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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013