Victim: Robert Fahrer (killed)
The accused: Lillian Dolores Fahrer

Fahrer

Robert Fahrer

White male

Age at time: 42

Weapon: unarmed

Victim photo: Pasco County Sheriff's Office, 2009

 
Fahrer

Lillian Dolores Fahrer

White female

Age at time: 59

Weapon: knife

knife

Defendant photo: Pasco County Sheriff's Office, 2009

Case type:
Domestic dispute

Location:
Defendant's Home

Initiator:
Victim

Witnesses:
No

Case year:
2009

Location details: The couple's apartment in New Port Richey, Pasco County, on Oct. 27, 2009

What happened: Lillian Dolores Fahrer fatally stabbed her husband in the chest during a drunken argument over the front door of their apartment being broken. Fahrer, 59 at the time, said her husband, Robert, had pushed her against a wall and threatened her. Prosecutors said the 42-year-old had a history of being violent with his wife. When she grabbed a steak knife from the kitchen sink, she said, he dared her to stab him. When he took a step towards her, she did. No one witnessed the stabbing, but there was documented evidence of past abuse.

The outcome: Prosecutors, citing "stand your ground," did not pursue charges.

Investigating agency: Pasco County Sheriff

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: Tampa Bay Times, Dec. 23, 2009. Link to original source

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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013