Victim: Frank Labiento (killed)
The accused: Jacqueline Galas

Frank_Labiento

Frank Labiento

White male

Age at time: 72

Weapon: gun

gun
 
Galas

Jacqueline Galas

White female

Age at time: 23

Weapon: gun

gun

Defendant photo: Pasco County Sheriff's Office, 2006

Case type:
Unprovoked attack

Location:
Victim's Property

Initiator:
Unclear

Witnesses:
No

Case year:
2006

Location details: Inside victim's home in Port Richey, Pasco County, on June 11, 2006

What happened: Jacqueline Galas, 23, a known prostitute, shot 72-year-old customer Frank Labiento in self-defense after he threatened her with a gun. Labiento was a longtime client of Galas. He threatened to kill her and then himself. Galas told officers she was able to calm Labiento, and he put the .357-caliber handgun on the kitchen table. When the phone rang, Labiento walked over to answer it and Galas picked up the gun. When Labiento began walking toward her, Galas fired one shot at his chest without warning. Investigators found a murder-suicide note.

The outcome: The second-degree murder charge was dropped by the Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney's Office, the first time prosecutors in Pasco had dropped a murder charge because of the law.

Investigating agency: Pasco 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?

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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: Orlando Sentinel, None.

Source: Tampa Bay Times, July 22, 2006.

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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013