Fla. Judge: Chasing, Killing Suspect Was Self-Defense
Charges against Greyston Garcia over stabbing death of Pedro Roteta thrown out
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 22, 2012 12:55 PM CDT

(Newser) – As Florida's controversial "Stand Your Ground" law finds itself in the spotlight after the shooting of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin, another controversial case: A judge yesterday threw out the murder charge against Greyston Garcia, who chased down a would-be burglar and stabbed him to death, because she determined Garcia was defending himself. She cited "Stand Your Ground" in her decision to declare Garcia immune from prosecution; the 2005 law says citizens no longer have a duty to retreat when faced with danger. Police have also cited it in their decision not to arrest George Zimmerman, who shot Martin.

In this case, Garcia, 25, was alerted by a roommate that Pedro Roteta, 26, was behind his apartment with another person attempting to steal the radio in Garcia's truck. Garcia grabbed a knife and chased Roteta more than a block before killing him, the Miami Herald reports. Roteta was unarmed other than an unopened pocketknife that never left his pocket, and Garcia admitted that though he "never saw a weapon," he thought Roteta was about to stab him so he struck first. The police sergeant who supervised the case calls the judge's decision a "travesty of justice," and prosecutors argued that once Roteta ran away from the truck, Garcia no longer had justification to use deadly force.

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Jun 28, 2012 5:37 PM CDT
by by garcia we wont miss you! enjoy being under your ground!
Mar 23, 2012 6:43 PM CDT
They better take another look at that law, otherwise if unjustified killings that are occurring go unchecked and killers are allowed to go free after they run a person down to kill them, something is wrong with this judgement. The law is suppose to protect a person that is confronted by someone that is threatening to bring harm to them. Not someone you see up the road and decide to go after them to hurt them. Your life was not in danger , you went after someone and put their life in danger. Then you have just turned from that law, and it is of no effect on your behalf. And anyone that covers what the killer has done turn aside from the law, as well. Right? No matter who they are. It's only worsen when it is someone in position to uphold the law, an example for all man.
Mar 23, 2012 3:00 PM CDT
The law is a good law, but this seems like bullshit too. Stand your ground does not mean run two friggin blocks. I just don't get it!