Victim: Scott Baptista
The accused: Craig Auclair

Scott_Baptista

Scott Baptista

White male

Age at time: 40

Weapon: unarmed

 
Auclair

Craig Auclair

White male

Age at time: 25

Weapon: gun

gun

Defendant photo: Pinellas County Sheriff's Office

Case type:
Fight at bar/party

Location:
Public

Initiator:
Defendant

Witnesses:
Yes

Case year:
2007

Location details: Outside KD's Pub in Oldsmar, Pinellas County, on Feb. 26, 2007

What happened: Craig Auclair, a Pinellas County car salesman, shot a man following a bar room argument over cigarettes. Prosecutors said Auclair started the fight, but tried to back away when it escalated outside the bar. He fired a warning shot and called 911. Dispatchers caught the rest of the confrontation -- including the gunshot victim daring Auclair to fire -- on tape. An independent witness who saw the incident convinced investigators Auclair was defending himself.

The outcome: Arrested on aggravated battery charges but prosecutors declined to pursue case after deciding it was self defense.

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 Tribune, Aug. 10, 2007.

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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013