Victim: Theodore Carrington
The accused: Walt Plath

Carrington

Theodore Carrington

White male

Age at time: 39

Weapon: unarmed

Victim photo: Orange County Sheriff's Office, 2006

 
Walt_Plath

Walt Plath

White male

Age at time: 47

Weapon: gun

gun

Case type:
Unprovoked attack

Location:
Public

Initiator:
Victim

Witnesses:
Unclear

Case year:
2006

Location details: Mathews Park, in College Park, north of Orlando in Orlando, Orange County, on May 22, 2006

What happened: A unnamed transient tackled Walt Plath from behind while he was walking his dog in the park. The man accused him of being a CIA agent and took his cell phone. Instead of fighting the man, Plath walked to his car and got his gun. He fired warning shot into the ground and held the man at gunpoint until police arrived. There were no injuries.

The outcome: Plath was not arrested or charged. The transient, Theodore Carrington, was charged with robbery(subsequent force) and battery

Case decision made by: Police

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: Orange County Sheriff's Office, May 22, 2006.

Source: Orlando Sentinel, June 11, 2006. Link to original source

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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013