Victims: Rolando Carrazana (killed), Jason Jesus Gonzalez (killed)
The accused: Gabriel Mobley

Carrazana

Rolando Carrazana

White male

Age at time: 24

Weapon: unarmed

Victim photo: Miami Herald

Gonzalez

Jason Jesus Gonzalez

White male

Age at time: 24

Weapon: unarmed

Victim photo: Miami-Dade Police Department, 2007

 
Mobley

Gabriel Mobley

Black male

Age at time: 31

Weapon: gun

gun

Defendant photo: Miami-Dade County Jail, 2008

Case type:
Fight at bar/party

Location:
Public

Initiator:
Victim

Witnesses:
Yes

Case year:
2008

Location details: Outside a Chili's restaurant in Miami Lakes, Miami-Dade County, on Feb. 28, 2008

What happened: Gabriel Mobley and a group of friends started an argument with two other patrons over girls. Eventually everyone seemed to make up, according to witnesses. But when the bar closed at Chili's, the argument turned violent outside. After one of the men punched Mobley's friend in the face, Mobley shot and killed both of them. Witnesses and videotape of the incident convinced prosecutors Mobley was not acting in self-defense. Instead, one of the victims had his hands up when he was killed and the other did not seem to be reaching for a weapon as Mobley claimed. Neither of the victims was armed.

The outcome: Mobley was charged with double murder four months after the incident. At a hearing an immunity hearing in April of 2013, the judge in the case ruled that "stand your ground" did not apply and Mobley's case would go to trial. Prosecutors said they grappled with amorphous new notions of self-defense created by "stand your ground." They said the case would put the law to the test: "This arrest is very important because it sends a clear message." The trial is pending.

Investigating agency: Miami-Dade Police

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?

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: Miami Herald, April 26, 2013. Link to original source

Source: Miami-Dade County Clerk, April 25, 2012.

Source: Topix.com, None.

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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013