Carlos J. Avilez
Age at time: 15
Age at time: 34
Attempted vehicle theft
Location details: On a public street in Orlando, Orange County, on March 13, 2006
What happened: Michael Graham, 34, shot and injured Carlos Avilez, 15, in the back of the leg after the teen tried to steal his wife's car. Graham said he felt threatened by Avilez. A witness said the teen might have been fleeing when he was shot. Beyond responding to the incident the day it happened, detectives did no further investigation.
The outcome: No charges were filed against either party.
Investigating agency: Orlando Police
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.
Did the victim initiate the confrontation?
Was the victim armed?
Was the victim committing a crime that led to the confrontation?
Did the defendant pursue the victim?
Could the defendant have retreated to avoid the conflict?
Was the defendant on his or her property?
Did someone witness the attack?
Was there physical evidence?
Source: Central Florida Future, June 11, 2006. Link to original source
Source: Orlando Sentinel, June 11, 2006.
Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013