Dustin Sean White
Age at time: 17
Douglas Cevallos Jr.
Age at time: 19
Fight at bar/party
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.
Did the victim initiate the confrontation?
Was the victim armed?
Was the victim committing a crime that led to the confrontation?
Did the defendant pursue the victim?
Could the defendant have retreated to avoid the conflict?
Was the defendant on his or her property?
Did someone witness the attack?
Was there physical evidence?
Source: Pasco County Clerk of Court, April 16, 2012.
Source: Tampa Bay Times, June 17, 2009. Link to original source
Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013