Victim: Eddy Moore (killed)
The accused: Maurice Moorer

Moore

Eddy Moore

Black male

Age at time: 25

Weapon: gun

gun

Victim photo: Miami-Dade Police Department, 2007

 
Moorer

Maurice Moorer

Black male

Age at time: 25

Weapon: gun

gun

Defendant photo: Miami-Dade Police Department, 2007

Case type:
Domestic dispute

Location:
Defendant's Home

Initiator:
Defendant

Witnesses:
No

Case year:
2008

Location details: Defendant's house in the West Little River neighborhood in Miami, Miami-Dade County, on May 01, 2008

What happened: Maurice Moorer fired more than a dozen shots at his ex-wife's boyfriend, killing him in his car. The shooting occurred after a dispute between Moorer and Eddy Moore earlier in the day. Moore was sitting in his car outside Moorer's house when Moorer stepped outside with a gun and shot at least 15 times. Police argued he had lured his rival to the house. But Moorer said Moore had been threatening to kill him and appeared to be reaching for a gun. Police found a gun in his back seat under some laundry.

The outcome: Prosecutors dropped charges after Moorer's attorney argued "stand your ground." The prosecutor said the stand your ground law "cheapens human life," according to Miami Herald reports at the time.

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: Miami Herald, Dec. 27, 2009.

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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013