Victim: Daniel Amore (killed)
The accused: Kunta Grant

Daniel_Amore

Daniel Amore

Black male

Age at time: 18

Weapon: unarmed

 
Kunta_Grant

Kunta Grant

Black male

Age at time: 31

Weapon: knife

knife

Case type:
Domestic dispute

Location:
Defendant's Home

Initiator:
Victim

Witnesses:
Yes

Case year:
2008

Location details: In the doorway of the home shared by the defendant and the victim in Melbourne, Brevard County, on Dec. 30, 2008

What happened: Kunta Grant called 911 to report an altercation with a teenager for whom he was legal guardian. Grant was heard on the call saying, "I'm going to kill you." Police arrived minutes later to find the victim, Daniel Amore, dead in the doorway of the home. Amore had been stabbed once in the chest with a kitchen knife. Grant said Amore, 18, was being disrespectful and he told the boy to leave the house. Grant said Amore hit him in the mouth, then walked out to the carport and smashed a window. The two men then faced off in the doorway, and Grant said Amore punched him once again. Grant then stabbed the teen, killing him. The victim's brother, who was at home during the killing, said the two men fought all the time. "I can't believe it went that far," he said. Daniel Amore had been arrested twice before on charges of battery against Grant. The victim and his brother lived with Grant; their mother had recently been trying to get them to relocate to live with her in Boston.

The outcome: Grant was charged with second-degree murder and spent almost a year in jail. A judge upheld his "stand your ground" defense in 2009, saying he found Grant to be a credible witness and that the victim, who had turned 18, was no longer a lawful resident at Grant's home.

Investigating agency: Melbourne Police Department

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: Brevard County Circuit Court, Oct. 16, 2009.

Source: Florida Today, Aug. 1, 2010.

Source: Melbourne Police Department, Dec. 30, 2008.

Source: WESH, Dec. 31, 2008. Link to original source

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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013