Victims: Anthony Giuffrie, William Louis Pelletier Jr.
The accused: Adam Suarez

Anthony_Giuffrie

Anthony Giuffrie

White male

Age at time: 19

Weapon: flashlight

Pelletier

William Louis Pelletier Jr.

White male

Age at time: 19

Weapon: flashlight

Victim photo: Florida Department of Corrections

 
Adam_Suarez

Adam Suarez

White male

Age at time: 22

Weapon: gun

gun

Case type:
Home invasion

Location:
Defendant's Property

Initiator:
Victim

Witnesses:
Yes

Case year:
2007

Location details: Just outside the defendant's home in Palm Bay, Brevard County, on Jan. 24, 2007

What happened: Adam Suarez said he saw his brother, Abraham, getting beaten up by a robber who had broken into his home and did what anyone would have done, fired his gun. The would-be robber was beating his brother with a flashlight. According to police, Anthony Giuffrie and William Louis Pelletier Jr. were wearing bandanas on their faces and claiming to be Palm Bay police officers so they could get into the home. Suarez said he fired several warning shots into the ground before struggling with Giuffrie. That's when he shot the man in the buttocks. Giuffrie survived.

The outcome: No charges

Investigating agency: Palm Bay 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.

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: Florida Today, Jan. 25, 2007.

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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013