Victims: Jason Granich, Francis Webster
The accused: Daniel John Metevier

Granich

Jason Granich

White male

Age at time: 29

Weapon: unarmed

Victim photo: Seminole County Sheriff's Office

Webster

Francis Webster

White male

Age at time: 30

Weapon: unarmed

Victim photo: Seminole County Sheriff's Office

 
Metevier

Daniel John Metevier

White male

Age at time: 30

Weapon: gun

gun

Defendant photo: Seminole County Sheriff's Office

Case type:
Fight at bar/party

Location:
Victim's Home

Initiator:
Unclear

Witnesses:
Yes

Case year:
2006

Location details: In the home of one of the victims. in Casselberry, Seminole County, on Jan. 15, 2006

What happened: Maitland police officer Daniel John Metevier was off duty when he shot and wounded two people at a party, claiming he feared for his life. The men were playing poker at Francis Webster's house and refused to let Metevier join the game. The argument escalated and Jason Granich chased Metevier out of the house. Witnesses heard a gun shot and found Granich outside with a bullet wound. Webster took up the chase and Metevier shot him too before Webster managed to wrestled him to the ground. Both shooting victims survived. Metevier told investigators he had recently undergone knee surgery and was unable to defend himself without the gun, according to reports in the Orlando Sentinel.

The outcome: Prosecutors dropped two counts of aggravated battery with a firearm that had been brought against Metevier.

Investigating agency: Seminole 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?

Check

Was the victim armed?

Check

Was the victim committing a crime that led to the confrontation?

Check

Did the defendant pursue the victim?

Check

Could the defendant have retreated to avoid the conflict?

Check

Was the defendant on his or her property?

Check

Did someone witness the attack?

Check

Was there physical evidence?

Check

Source: Miami Herald, Jan. 17, 2006.

Source: Orlando Sentinel, May 11, 2006.

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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013