Robert_Knapp

Robert Knapp

White male

Age at time: 21

Weapon: unarmed

 
Morris

Craig Morris

White male

Age at time: 45

Weapon: baseball bat

Defendant photo: Collier County Sheriff's Office, 2009

Case type:
Unprovoked attack

Location:
Defendant's Property

Initiator:
Defendant

Witnesses:
No

Case year:
2010

Location details: On defendant's property on Painted Leaf Lane in Naples, Collier County, on May 08, 2010

What happened: Craig Morris attacked repo man Robert Knapp with baseball bat when Knapp came onto his property to reclaim ATVs. Morris said he swung before he knew who Knapp was. But Knapp said he told him twice who he was and that Morris said he "didn't give a ____." Knapp, who was unarmed, said "he hit me pretty good on the back."

The outcome: A judge denied Morris' motion to dismiss the charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Morris pleaded guilty and is serving five years probation.

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: Naples Daily News, Feb. 15, 2010. Link to original source

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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013